Mars 2020 Mission

Perseverance & Ingenuity

The Mars 2020 Mission Collection is now on display until March 18th, 2022!

Featured in this temporary exhibit:
Perseverance Desktop Model (1/10th scale)
  • Approximately 14” x 9”
  • Shows major systems of rover including mast, cameras, robotic arm, rocker-bogey suspension system, wheels, communication antennas, power source
Perseverance wheel replica (full-scale)
  • 20.7 inches in diameter
  • Created with CAD files from actual wheels, so is accurate in scale and shape
  • Made of cast plastic
  • Flight wheel spokes are titanium, called flexures
  • Flight tire is made of forged, then machined aluminum
12" Mars Globe
  • Uses Viking Orbiter data
  • Landing sites through Spirit/Opportunity
  • Point out polar ice caps, cratered southern hemisphere of Mars, Tharsis montes volcanic region, Valles Marineris
  • Mars 2020 landing site is in Jezero Crater, a crater in the NW area of Isidis Planitia impact basin
Selfie station with Perseverance and Ingenuity
  • Selfie image taken by rover, with helicopter, on sol 46 (April 6, 2021)
Scroll down below to find out more about the Mars 2020 Mission!

The Landing

During landing, the rover plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 2 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second). A large sky crane then lowered the rover on three bridle cords to land softly on six wheels. Landing on Mars is hard. Read all about the rover’s harrowing entry, descent and landing.
Perseverance's first look at Mars; image credit: NASA
Perseverance Rover's Entry, Descent and Landing Profile ~ Image Credit: NASA

Perseverance Arrives at Mars: Feb. 18, 2021 (Mission Trailer)

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Coloring Pages

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Interactives brought to you by NASA!

Click (or touch) and drag to interact with these 3D models of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter.

Learn more about the mission at

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech