This month’s quiz is all about Perseverance, NASA’s fifth Martian rover, which will land on the red planet later this week for the Mars 2020 mission. How much do you know about this mission? Take the quiz and find out!
What day is Perseverance scheduled to land on Mars?
Perseverance is currently scheduled to land on Mars at 2:55 pm CT on Feb. 18. You can catch live coverage of the landing at Space Center Houston or tune into NASA TV.
Which of the following is a key objective of the Mars 2020 mission?
The Perseverance rover has many objectives, including to search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the Martian climate and geology, and demonstrate the viability of technologies that will help humankind live and work on planets other than our own, paving the way for future human exploration beyond the Moon.
True or false? Perseverance is the largest rover NASA has ever sent to the red planet.
True. The six-wheeled, car-sized Perseverance is NASA’s fifth Martian rover and is by far the largest and heaviest NASA has constructed so far.
How many cameras are on Perseverance?
The Mars 2020 mission is carrying 25 cameras to Mars (19 of which are on Perseverance), the most to be flown for a planetary mission.
True or false? Perseverance was named by seventh grader Alex Mather.
True. The name Perseverance, submitted by seventh grader Alex Mather from Springfield, Virginia, was selected from among 28,000 entries from across the United States spanning grades K-12 in the “Name the Rover” contest put on by NASA.
Where is the rover set to touchdown on Mars?
Perseverance is set to touchdown in Jezero Crater on Mars on Feb. 18.
What is Ingenuity?
The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration hitching a ride to Mars underneath Perseverance. It will attempt to become the first aircraft to achieve controlled flight on another planet!
Approximately how many names are on the three silicon chips Perseverance is carrying to Mars?
The names of roughly 10.9 million people from all over the world are traveling to Mars on the Perseverance rover. The names were submitted through the "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign which ran from May through September 2019. Perseverance is also carrying the essays of the 155 finalists from NASA's "Name the Rover" contest on the small chips.
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