Bill Nye and Special Guests Host a Live Virtual Watch Party for Perseverance Landing

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2021

Danielle Gunn
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1-626-793-5100

Pasadena, CA (February 16, 2021) — To celebrate the arrival of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars, The Planetary Society will host a live virtual global watch party of the official NASA TV broadcast with CEO Bill Nye and special guests on Thursday, 18 February 2021.

Watch Party Schedule
Thursday, 18 February 2021

NASA TV coverage begins at 11:15 a.m. PT / 7:15 p.m. UTC
Watch the stream and chat with Planetary Society members and other space enthusiasts around the world.

Commentary begins at 12:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. UTC
An all-star panel joins the stream to discuss all things Mars as this exciting event unfolds, featuring:

  • Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society

  • Bethany Ehlmann, President of The Planetary Society

  • Derek Muller, host of YouTube’s Veritasium

  • Raquel Nuno, Instagram’s “The Space Geologist”

Touchdown on Mars at 12:55 p.m. PT / 8:55 p.m. UTC

The watch party can be viewed on The Planetary Society’s YouTube, Facebook, and at We’re are proud to provide live captioning in English, Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin, and Arabic to better share this moment around the world.

Perseverance Landing Watch Party
Perseverance Landing Watch Party

About The Planetary Society

With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit