Track Perseverance In Real-Time with NASA's Eyes on the Solar System
The last we heard of Mars Rover Perseverance of NASA, it was when it disappeared into the deep black void July 30, 2020. But, good news, NASA's Eyes on the Solar System lets you track where it is, in real-time.
The most advanced spacecraft we made along with Perseverance Rover and its tiny helicopter Ingenuity will be available for tracking through their voyage to the Jezero Crater on Mars.
Fernando Abilleira, the Mars 2020 mission design and navigation manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California said "Eyes on the Solar System visualizes the same trajectory data that the navigation team uses to plot Perseverance's course to Mars," and added "If you want to follow along with us on our journey, that's the place to be."
And more importantly, it's not just the Earth and the Mars and the Mars 2020 mission you see on this interactive map. You can see all the Solar System and the NASA affiliated missions on the website. Each clickable object provides you with a plethora of data, the relative velocity between Mars and Earth, the launch date of a spacecraft, or the projected trajectory of a comet that was almost a planet, it's so easy to get lost in the website.
Jon Nelson, visualization technology and applications development supervisor at JPL says, "With all our orbital assets circling Mars as well as Curiosity and InSight on its surface, there is new data and imagery coming in all the time about the Red Planet."
"Essentially, if you haven't seen Mars lately through Eyes on the Solar System, you haven't seen Mars."
There are lots of options to customize what you see on the website, size comparisons, target of missions, and their status. You name it, they probably have it. The Eyes on the Solar System also has a desktop version, which even lets you wear anaglyph 3D glasses (those old red and blue glasses) to give you an even more immersive experience.
As we said, Mars and Earth are not the only stops in this adventure laid out to us on the website. You can go anywhere in the Solar System, you can even go back and forward in time actually. That's right, along with the real-time data, folks at NASA also threw in a little something extra.
You can go back and forth between 1950 and 2050, from past missions to projected missions in the future. The past location, motion, and appearance data are based on predicted reconstructions of old mission data. Likewise, future data is based on predicted data.