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23ABC Live interview with NASA ahead of today's Mars rover arrival

Perseverance has almost arrived on Mars, so we talked with NASA about the science on board the historic rover.
Posted at 6:30 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 11:25:52-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — This morning's NASA interview will be remembered as one of the most exciting career moments for our Chief Meteorologist Elaina Rusk! Geek out with her and Moogega Cooper, the Mars 2020 Planetary Protection Lead, as NASA prepares for Perseverance's arrival on the red planet in just a few hours.

According to NASA, the rover’s landing will be the most challenging touchdown on Mars attempted by the agency. The landing will conclude the craft's 293 million-mile journey from Earth to Mars.

The rover will land on Mars around 3:55 p.m. ET on Thursday. The landing can be viewed on