NASA is currently waiting for the launch of its upcoming Mars mission which is going to blast off in 3 days. The Mars Perseverance rover is currently waiting to be lifted by the Atlas V launch vehicle at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Mars rover will lift off by the end of the week and is targeting a landing on Mars by the middle of 2021.
NASA’s $2.7 billion Mars 2020 mission, is scheduled to launch Thursday (July 30) during a two-hour window that opens at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT). The spacecraft will lift off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
— NASA (@NASA) July 27, 2020
The space agency will also host a series of daily press conferences and briefings leading up to the launch. You can see that schedule here.
NASA Mars Perseverance Rover will help find alien life
Whenever it lifts off, Perseverance will touch down inside Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. The 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero hosted a lake and a river delta in the ancient past, and Perseverance will characterize the area in detail and search for possible signs of ancient Mars life. The six-wheeled robot will also collect and cache several dozen samples that will be returned to Earth, possibly as early as 2031, by a joint NASA-European Space Agency campaign.
The rover is about to find signs of life on Mars using a device called the Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC).
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) July 27, 2020
To keep the instrument in a working condition, a team from the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) division at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) recently developed a new calibration device for the rover in order to keep SHERLOC functions in check and properly time everything during the mission.
Mars 2020 also features a 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) helicopter named Ingenuity, which will travel to the Red Planet on Perseverance. Overall, the mission is going to try really hard in order to find aliens out there on the Red Planet.
GO for launch of @NASAPersevere ✅
The Launch Readiness Review at @NASAKennedy has concluded continuing the #CountdownToMars as we head to T-Zero. Launch is targeted for just three days away on July 30 at 7:50 a.m. ET aboard a ULA #AtlasV rocket.
— NASA's Launch Services Program (@NASA_LSP) July 27, 2020
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