Perseverance lands on Mars tomorrow (at approximately 11pm GMT). I’m looking forward to watching the landing, and the follow up explorations. This is the first rover that is “self-driving” – it has the ability to assess its surrounding terrain and make decisions as to how to move and where. Previously, all instructions came from scientists sitting on Earth, and with a 40 minute delay in transmitting data between the planets this was a long (and let’s be honest, boring) process.
You can watch the landing live, popcorn in hand: