NASA launches new Mars rover
To search for ancient life on Mars
July 30, 2020
On Thursday morning, July 30th, NASA launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance, on a six-month journey to the red planet. The car-sized rover was boosted into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that departed from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is NASA’s fifth Mars rover.
This was the third and final Mars mission to depart Earth this summer. Earlier in July, China and the United Arab Emirates also launched their first Martian explorers.
The primary mission of Perseverance is to find possible signs of ancient life hidden in the Martian soil. It will be the first rover to collect return samples of Mars dirt. Perseverance will collect samples so they can be returned to Earth by another robotic mission later this decade.
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