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NASA prepares to land Perseverance rover on Mars

A week after two space probes from China and the United Arab Emirates slipped into orbit around Mars, NASA’s $2.4 billion Perseverance rover will attempt to land on the Red Planet on Thursday. CBS News space analyst Bill Harwood joins CBSN’s Tanya Rivero for a closer look at what this means for the future of NASA and Mars exploration.