To prepare the Perseverance rover for its date with Mars, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team conducted a wide array of tests to help ensure a successful entry, descent and landing at the Red Planet. From parachute verification in the world’s largest wind tunnel, to hazard avoidance practice in Death Valley, California, to wheel drop testing at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and much more, every system was put through its paces to get ready for the big day.

The Perseverance rover is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021.

Learn more: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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[mortar firing]

Preparing to Land Perseverance

The following tests, conducted from 2017-2020, helped prepare NASA's Perseverance rover for its landing on Mars.

[music]

Centrifuge Spin Test

Santa Clarita, CA June 2019

[music]

Parachute Firing Test

Moses Lake, WA May 2019

[music]

[mortar firing]

[mortar firing]

[clapping]

Parachute Wind Tunnel Test

NASA's Ames Research Center

Moffett Field, CA June 2017

[music]

[mortar firing]

[wind]

[clapping]

Lander Vision System Test

For Avoiding Landing Hazards

Death Valley, CA May 2019

[helicopter taking off]

[music]

Rover Wheel Drop Test

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Southern CA August 2019

[wheel dropping]

[hitting rock]

[hitting rock]

Perseverance Landing on Mars 2.18.2021

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