NASA is about to embark on its latest Mars mission, sending its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on its long journey to the Red Planet atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch is slated for Thursday, July 30 at 7:50 am EDT from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Luckily, the space agency has set up a live stream on its website so you can follow along as it happens. Live coverage will start at 7 am.
Looking for Life
The Perseverance rover, like its predecessors, will look for signs of ancient life on Mars using a new set of high-tech scientific instruments, including a ground-penetrating radar, a full set of weather analyzers, and 23 cameras in total.
The rover will also be carrying a truly unique payload: NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity, a solar-powered drone that weighs a mere four pounds. It will attempt several flights across the Martian surface and will scout best driving routes for Perseverance.
Arrival at the Red Planet is slated for February 2021.
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