NASA’s Mars 2020: Countdown to launch

Ruben Fields
July 31, 2020

The mission is now set to launch on Thursday, July 30 at 7:50 am.

"This incredible explorer could not have been ready for launch in this frantic window we have without the perseverance of teams across the country and the world who struggled and sacrificed through the global pandemic to keep their sights on this milestone of humanity", he said.

Due to the fact NASA's first Mars rover Sojourner landed in 1997, the agency has sent two other folks - Spirit and Possibility - that have discovered the geology of vast Martian plains and found evidence of earlier h2o formations, among the other discoveries.

Poised and ready, the Mars 2020 mission payload sits atop a ULA Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Space enthusiasts can view the launch on NASA TV, and will also be streamed on Youtube. "We are trying to find evidence of ancient life on another world".

Perseverance is created to search for astrobiological evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars.

The launch windows will last between 30 minutes and two hours.

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The new rover, built at NASA's legendary Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is an improved version of Curiosity: its six wheels are stronger, it is faster, smarter and can self-pilot up to 200 meters per day.

Now that humans have been able to set foot on the Moon, NASA and other space agencies have now set its sights on the Red Planet itself.

'Tis the season to be launching spacecraft to Mars, as the Hohmann transfer orbit is wide open, albeit for a limited time (the window won't open again for another 26 months).

"And I think the events and the milestones of the next couple of days are really going to demonstrate that". "We've learned so much about Mars, but we still can't answer one big question: has life ever existed there?"

Scientists believe Mars once resembled a young Earth, with a hot and humid atmosphere and large bodies of water.

The rover will attempt for the first time to bring Martian rock samples back to Earth, collecting materials in cigar-sized capsules and leaving them scattered on the surface for retrieval by a future "fetch" rover. Among Perseverance's complement of tools, he explained, is a mechanism that can take ground samples to be returned to Earth for study.

"For the first time in history, we're doing a Mars sample return mission". If successful, the technology could assist in future robotic and human missions to Mars.

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