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NASA launches its next Mars Mars rover on Thursday: How to Watch Live



This story is part of Welcome to Mars, our series exploring the red planet.

NASA’s Perseverance rover is on the starter plate and ready to go to Mars Thursday, with an 80% chance of favorable weather from Wednesday. NASA will stream the event live as car size picks up from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The pre-lunch coverage starts at 04.00 and the two-hour window opens at 04.00 PT.

NASA announced on July 22 that the mission had approved its airworthiness review, which includes a contingency check of the spacecraft, rocket, procedures and personnel. “Mars is a tough customer, and we take nothing for granted,”

; said Matt Wallace, Perseverance’s Deputy Project Manager.

The launch depends on weather and technical factors. That was before delayed from earlier in the month due to technical problems.






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It has been almost nine years since NASA sent its former rover, Curiosity, to Mars. Endurance is the most advanced robot that NASA has sent to Mars. Once it has settled in the Jezero crater – an area with a history of water – the rover will start a mission to search for signs of ancient microbial life.

Rover does not come alone. It also carries one experimental helicopter named Ingenuity under the stomach.

NASA’s mission is one of several to be launched to Mars in a limited time this year when the red planet is in a favorable position relative to Earth. To miss that window means to wait until 2022 for the next chance. Endurance may start as late as mid-August.

United Arab Emirates successfully sent by its Hope probe on July 19, and China launched its own orbiter and rover on July 22nd. All three missions are scheduled to reach Mars in February 2021.


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