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NASA Perseverance rover launches to Mars: How to watch live



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

The the third Mars mission in two weeks is ready to take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA’s latest March 2020 rover, Perseverance, is on the starter plate and ready to go to Mars. Current weather conditions are extremely favorable for launch, with an 80% chance of getting out of the cushion and into space reported on Wednesday. Of course, you can see the entire historic launch right here. We have a livestream link above and more information on how to follow below.

NASA will stream the event live as car-size rovers take off within a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Pre-lunch coverage begins at 4 am PT and the two-hour window opens at 04:50 PT.

NASA announced on July 22 that the mission had approved its flight preparedness review, which includes a preparedness assessment 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.

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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