# Will Perseverance be captured into Mars orbit before descent or would it be a direct descent into the atmosphere?

Will Perseverance be captured into Mars orbit before descent or would it be a direct descent into the atmosphere similar to an aerocapture maneuver? It would be helpful if someone could add any references to the orbit trajectory around mars before the descent into the atmosphere!

• I would suspect that the rover is capture into a stable orbit beforehand, which would allow for greater precision in landing site, and the landing timeframe. In saying this, however, I'm sure NASA's instruments are perfectly capable of hitting a target from across the sun. – Reuben Farley-Hall Feb 9 at 4:26
• @ReubenFarley-Hall there's no rocket and propellant for orbital capture. – uhoh Feb 9 at 5:53