When NASA's Perseverance rover lands itself on Mars Thursday, you can watch the countdown coverage, relax, and eat the limited-edition Mars doughnut.
To commemorate the exciting occasion, Krispy Kreme is offering a special themed doughnut, one that's only available on Thursday. This doughnut will resemble the Red planet itself.
The caramel-dipped and chocolate-filled doughnut is topped with a Mars-like swirl and even sprinkled with chocolate cookie crumbs for that authentic dusty Martian look.
Undoubtedly, the best part of the red, sweet treat is that you can grab one for free on Thursday if you're one of the 11 million people who submitted your name on the new rover as part of NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign. If you're one of these pseudo-space travelers, you can bring your NASA-issued "boarding pass" to the nearest Krispy Kreme on Feb. 18 to get your Mars doughnut.
"The landing of Perseverance on Mars will be an epic and important achievement," said Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme's chief marketing officer, in a statement. "So, we're celebrating the best way we know how: with an amazing new doughnut discovery right here on earth."
Percy arrives on the Red Planet
Perseverance, NASA's most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on the surface of Mars around 3:55 p.m. ET on Thursday.
The rover has been traveling through space since its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida in July 2020. When it reaches Mars, Perseverance will have traveled 292.5 million miles away from Earth.
Perseverance is the first mission of NASA to seek signs of ancient life on another planet to help answer the big question: Was life ever present on Mars?
The rover will start exploring Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago and scour for microfossils in the rocks and soil.
Along with Perseverance is a small helicopter called Ingenuity, the first to fly on another planet.
The NASA team is inviting the globe to watch its countdown and landing commentary, which will stream live starting at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday. ET. You can watch via NASA's public TV, website, app, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, or THETA.TV. In a first, the agency will also offer a Spanish language show for the landing.