NASA has successfully launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission on July 30, 2020. The launch takes place from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:50 a.m. EDT (5:20 p.m IST) using United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
The rover will hunt for the signs of life on Mars. In addition, it will explore the landing site, Jezero Crater, and collect Mars’s samples for a future return to earth.
“With the launch of Perseverance, we begin another historic mission of exploration,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Now we can look forward to its incredible science and to bringing samples of Mars home even as we advance human missions to the Red Planet. As a mission, as an agency, and as a country, we will persevere.”
Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is the same size as Curiosity but is a bit heavier (1,025 kg). It features a scientific camera, chemical analyzer, and a drill. The rover has a total of 23 cameras and 2 microphones to capture Martian wind and samples.
The Rover is expected to land on Red planet on February 18, 2021.