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Terminal Tower lights up red to celebrate NASA's Perseverance rover landing on Mars Thursday

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Posted at 8:07 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 08:07:14-05

CLEVELAND — Cities across the United States, including Cleveland, are lighting up red to celebrate NASA's Perseverance Rover landing on Mars Thursday.

The Terminal Tower shined bright red early Thursday morning.

Due to Mars being located 200 million kilometers from Earth, it will take more than 11 minutes for the images to beam from Mars to Earth.

The craft is set to enter the Martian atmosphere at 12,000 mph, but a series of parachutes will slow the craft to 2 mph. Then, what is known as the sky crane maneuver, the descent stage will lower the rover on three cables to land softly on six wheels, NASA said.

NASA will begin live-streaming the landing at 2:15 p.m. EST.

To reach the surface of the Red Planet, the rover has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing.

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