Sure you can see a Snow Moon this month, but you can also see a live Mars landing! The NASA Perseverance is scheduled to land on the Red Planet this month, and if you want to see it happen, you can check it out here when and where.
The descent to Mars is scheduled for February 1
If you can’t wait until then, there is a pre-show you can watch now. While it’s not quite the same as a rocket launch, if you or your kids are fascinated with space, the live stream will feature commentary and mission control views. There will also be photos available after persistence lands.
This mission is not easy. The Perseverance Rover will descend at about 20,000 km / h into the atmosphere of Mars, with a protective heat shield around it to slow the journey. Once it’s only 7 miles off the ground, a parachute is deployed and the shield comes off.
The rover will then be brought to the surface of Mars using what NASA calls an overhead crane. Then it goes on a journey to collect data for scientists.
It’s a great experience for kids or anyone who’s never been to Space Camp, so mark your calendar for February 18th. If you want to learn more about the rover or its mission, you can check out the details on CNET.