Wednesday, August 12, 2020

NASA’s next Mars rover, Perseverance will be launching today

NASA will be launching its newest Mars rover named Perseverance on Thursday (July 30) during a two-hour window that opens at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT), and it will be live! Perseverance will launch on top of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The rover will land on Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb.18, 2021. The Launch reporting will begin Thursday at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), with the launch window remaining open until about 9:50 a.m. EDT (1350 GMT).

There will be various opportunities to launch within that time frame. You can watch it on NASA. ULA will also be offering a live webcast of the launch, beginning about 20 minutes before the launch. The weather forecast is also good for the launch with 80% favorable conditions. Sunny skies, with only minor clouds cover.

Perseverance will be covering a distance of 300 million miles (482.8 million km approximately). This is going to be the third launch to Mars, China’s rover-orbiter combo, and a United Arab Emirates orbiter launched last week.

“We don’t know if life existed there or not. But we do know that Mars at one point in its history was habitable,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on the eve of the launch.

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