Krispy Kreme offers a limited edition Mars donut to celebrate NASA’s rover landing

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It’s not every day that NASA lands an SUV size rover on Mars. The last rover to land on Mars was Curiosity in 2012; the stationary InSight lander touched on in 2018.

To mark the rare occasion, Krispy Kreme offers a donut with a limited edition – only available on Thursdays.

March donut will look like the red planet in itself.

The caramel-dipped and chocolate cream-filled dougnut is topped with a swirl that looks like Mars, and it is even sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs for the authentic dusty Mars touch.

If you submitted your name under NASA’s “Send your name to Marscampaign that put nearly 11 million names on the rover before it traveled for its trip to Mars, bring your “boarding pass” to Krispy Kreme and your Mars Donut is free.

“The landing of endurance on Mars will be an epic and important feat,” said Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s marketing manager, in a statement. “So we’re celebrating the best way we know how: with a great new donut discovery right here on earth.”

Landing day: What to know

Endurance, which is NASA’s most sophisticated rover to date, is expected to land on Mars’ surface around 1 p.m. 15.55 ET Thursday.

The rover has been traveling through space since its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in late July. When it reaches Mars, endurance will have traveled 292.5 million miles on its journey from Earth.

NASA's endurance rover lands on Mars this week.  Here's what you can expect

Perseverance is NASA’s first mission to seek evidence of ancient life on another planet to help answer the big question: Was life ever present on Mars?

The rover will explore the Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.9 billion years ago, and search for microfossils in the rocks and soil there.

Along with the endurance trip, there is an experiment in flying a helicopter, called Ingenuity, on another planet for the first time.

The team at NASA invites the world to tune in to its countdown and landing commentary, which will stream live from Thursday at. 14:15 ET. Set via NASA public television channel, website, app, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Rich, Daily Motion or THETA.TV. In a first, the agency will also offer one Spanish language show for landing.
Ingenuity will be the first helicopter to fly on Mars

During landing coverage, NASA’s mission control team will be able to confirm whether the rover will land safely on Mars’ surface.

Of course, the rover has its own Twitter and Facebook accounts where you can expect mission team updates from the rover’s perspective. And you can bet on Curiosity rover and Insight landers will welcome endurance to their home, the red planet.
The agency has fun ways to take part in the countdown excitement, as a photo booth and activities for children and students. You can also follow each step in the rovers landing through one NASA interactive or sign up for one virtual experience of the landing.

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