Scientists from NASA have presented the Eyes on the Solar System service, which can be used to track the trajectory of the Perseverance rover. It will work until February 18, 2021, the day the device will land on Mars.
NASA’s new Eyes on the Solar System service enables real-time tracking of the trajectory of the Perseverance rover. Engineers plan that the device will reach Mars on February 18, 2021, during which time it will fly millions of kilometers to Jezero Crater on the Red Planet.
Users can see the distance between the device and Mars, as well as the distance to other celestial bodies. The service interface includes dozens of controls – you can customize what you want to see. Alternatively, you can select 3D mode and watch Eyes on the Solar System travel with special glasses.
“When we look at the solar system with this service, we see the same trajectory data that the navigation team uses to plot the Perseverance course to Mars. If you want to follow us on our journey, this is where we should be”.
Fernando Abilleira, Mars 2020 Mission Design, and Navigation Manager
Eyes on the Solar System isn’t just about Perseverance’s journey. Users can see other objects in the solar system, and in different years. The site not only uses real-time data and imagery from NASA spacecraft but also contains NASA data from 1950 and forecasts for 2050. Location, movement, and appearance are based on predicted and reconstructed mission data.
The Perseverance rover was launched on July 30 at 2:50 pm Moscow time (7:50 am ET) on an Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cosmodrome 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It is the latest device designed to search for astrobiological evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars. It is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, which is a long-term attempt at the robotic exploration of the Red Planet.