A NASA rover is hurtling toward a landing on Mars in the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red planet. (Feb. 17)
THOMAS ZURBUCHEN: At around 1 o'clock Pacific, we're going to land on Mars with the biggest vehicle we've ever landed on Mars. And frankly, what's so exciting about this, it's not only the landing and the investigations, which is the search for extinct ancient life. And I couldn't be more proud and excited for the team. You know, the name perseverance, it's not just the name of the-- this Rover, it's also what I think about when I think of this amazing team that put this mission together in adverse situation, with COVID and everything. Got it launched on time, and programmed it to fly it and land, do this landing, this amazing thing tomorrow.