NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Cleared For Launch On July 30
NASA‘s Perseverance Mars rover is slated to launch abroad an Atlas V from the Space Launch Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. NASA is targeting for lift-off at 7:50 AM EDT (5:20 PM IST) on July 30, the first day of the launch window till August 15.
According to United Launch Alliance, the 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has made a forecast of an 80 per cent chance of favourable weather launching the AtlasV rocket on Thursday.
After being launched, the Mars 2020 spacecraft will then embark on a seven-month journey to the red planet. Following which, the Perseverance rover is then scheduled to land at the Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.
On Mars, the Perseverance rover will look for signs of ancient life in addition to studying the Martian climate and geology. The rover will also collect rock and soil samples for a future return mission to Earth. The Perseverance rover has been augmented with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter which will be the first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.
NASA will live stream the pre-launch activities and the launch on the NASA Live website and the official NASA live stream on YouTube.