NASA's Perseverance rover has less than 100 days until it gets to Mars and looks for fossilized evidence of extraterrestrial life, the space agency announced. 

In a statement made on Tuesday, NASA said the rover has 166 million miles left to go until it touches down on Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, at 3:43 p.m. EST. If the landing is successful, NASA's JPL will receive confirmation about 11.5 minutes later.

"While we call the six-and-a-half-month trip from Earth to Mars 'cruise,' I assure you there is not much croquet going on at the lido deck," said project manager John McNamee in the statement. "Between checking out the spacecraft, and planning and simulating our landing and surface operations, the entire team is on the clock, working toward our exploration of Jezero Crater."

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