Published on: 
Oct 28, 2021

We Asked a NASA Expert: How Did Perseverance Pick its Landing Spot?

How did the Perseverance Mars rover pick its exact landing spot? Believe it or not, the rover made the decision on precisely where to land just moments before it touched down. How?! Thanks to the work of engineers like Swati Mohan and a new technology called Terrain Relative Navigation, Perseverance landed in the most challenging landscape ever attempted on Mars:

Producers: Scott Bednar & Jessica Wilde
Editor: Thomas Shortridge