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NASA Launches Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched its Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover successfully today, July 30, at 7:50 a.m. EDT. The rover was launched into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It has set off on its epic mission to the Red Planet.

The Mars 2020 rover is attached with a small helicopter, which is the first aircraft to fly on another planet. It is also the first NASA mission which is explicitly designed to search for signs of life on another planet.

The rover will take around seven months to travel to Mars, and it is due to land on February 18th, 2021, in Mars’ 28-mile-wide Jezero Crater. Its mission is to search for signs of life, explore the planet’s geology and much more. With a successful launch earlier this morning, the rover is officially on its way to the Red Planet now! The mission’s duration on Mars’ surface is at least one Martian year, which is near about 687 days

NASA explained in a statement that, “Perseverance is a robotic scientist weighing just under 2,300 pounds (1,043 kilograms). The rover’s astrobiology mission will search for signs of past microbial life on Mars, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect rock and soil samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.”

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is the third Mars probe being launched in the past two weeks, following spacecraft sent off by the United Arab Emirates and China. It also follows NASA’s historic mission with SpaceX, which recently launched astronauts into space from American soil for the first time since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011.

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