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NASA has released an animation to explain and demonstrate how its one-tonne Perseverance rover will land on Mars scheduled on Feb.18, 2021.

The robot, Perseverance, is being sent to a crated called Jezero where it will then search for any evidence of life on the red planet. But in order to undertake this science, it must first be able to touch down softly.

The sequence of manoeuvres that is needed to land on Mars is usually referred to as the "seven minutes of terror."

In a short space of time, everything must go according to plan or the arriving mission will dig a massive and expensive new hole in Mars.

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