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YouTube Gold: Mars Touchdown

A nice day for space lovers

A full scale model of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is displayed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on February 16, 2021 in Pasadena, California. - The Mars exploration rover will search for signs of ancient microbial life and collect rock samples for future return to Earth to study the red planet’s geology and climate, paving the way for human exploration. Perseverance also carries the experimental Ingenuity Mars Helicopter - which will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

The Norwegians have a concept called slow TV. It takes a bit of getting used to. Basically it’s a reaction to commercial TV and just focuses on less frenetic programming.

Like this train ride, for example. That’s all it is: a camera mounted on the front of a train.

Sometimes it’s sweater knitting. Communal sweater knitting.

When you think about it, maybe it’s it’s not really that different from PBS.

Anyway, we mention it because our YouTube Gold today is, well, gonna be kind of slow - at least for part of the day.

That’s because it’s a live feed for NASA’s Perserverance Mars Rover Mission Landing, scheduled for Thursday.

There may be some events during the day but basically it’s on countdown until the craft touches down.

This is a pretty complex plan as you’ll see in this animation.

Needless to say, the rover will feature the latest technologies. And coming soon: the first drone on Mars.