KEY POINTS

  • Krispy Kreme is offering a limited edition donut to mark the Perseverance Rover's landing
  • Those who sent their names to Mars via the NASA campaign may get the treat for free
  • So far, the Perseverance rover is on track for its historic landing at Mars' Jezero Crater

NASA's Perseverance rover is set to land on Mars this week after a monthslong journey, and Krispy Kreme has the perfect way to celebrate the milestone: a Mars-themed donut.

The limited-edition donut will be available on Thursday, the day of the landing, at participating stores. The treat is filled with chocolate cream and is dipped in caramel, reported CNN. And with a sprinkle of chocolate cookies on top, the donut really gives off a Martian vibe.

"This treat will be out of this world!" Krispy Kreme said in a tweet, sharing an image of "The Mars Doughnut" looking quite like the Red Planet.

People who submitted their names to NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign may even bring their boarding passes to Krispy Kreme to get the sweet treat for free.

Those eagerly waiting for the Perseverance rover's landing can grab the Mars-themed treat to enjoy while watching the historic event.

Perseverance Rover Landing

After months of travel, the Perseverance rover is right on schedule to join the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Hope mission and China's Tianwen-1 on Mars. According to NASA, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) confirmed that the rover is "on target" for its landing in Jezero Crater, which is scheduled for 3:55 p.m. EST on Thursday.

To date, only 50% of all past Mars landing attempts have succeeded, NASA said, noting that the planet's geological features make it even more difficult. But the team behind the rover is continuously working hard for an accurate and successful landing.

"The Perseverance team is putting the final touches on the complex choreography required to land in Jezero Crater," the mission's deputy project manager at JPL, Jennifer Trosper, said. "No Mars landing is guaranteed, but we have been preparing a decade to put this rover's wheels down on the surface of Mars and get to work."

Those who would like to witness the historic moment may watch the livestream on NASA TV, which will begin at 2:15 p.m. EST. There will also be live coverage of the landing on the NASA website, app and social media.

"If there's one thing we know, it's that landing on Mars is never easy," NASA Associate Administrator for Communications, Marc Etkind, said in a news release. "But as NASA's fifth Mars rover, Perseverance, has an extraordinary engineering pedigree and mission team. We are excited to invite the entire world to share this exciting event with us!"

Perseverance This illustration depicts NASA's Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Perseverance will land at the Red Planet's Jezero Crater a little after 3:40 p.m. EST (12:40 p.m. PST) on Feb. 18, 2021. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech