Nasa Mars Perseverance. Lift-off is timed for the start of a two-hour window that opens at 07:50 local time (12:50 BST;

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Lift-off is timed for the start of a two-hour window that opens at 07:50 local time (12:50 BST; 11:50 GMT).

The cruise to Mars takes seven months. When it arrives, Perseverance will attempt to land in a more-than 40km-wide, near-equatorial bowl called Jezero Crater. Satellite images suggest this held a lake billions of years ago.

Scientists say the rocks that formed in this environment stand a good chance of retaining evidence of past microbial activity – if ever that existed on the planet.

Perseverance will spend at least one Martian year (equivalent to roughly two Earth years) investigating the possibility.

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New Mars Rover ‘Perseverance’ Ready to Launch

On board is a Mars Rover named Perseverance. This mission is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and this trip is like nothing we’ve ever seen.

My favorite parts of the vehicle are the MEDA and MOXIE, of course more acronyms.’ MEDA stands for Mars environment dynamics analyzer. That is a really fancy way of saying it’s a weather station.’ But it’s vital! The information gathered from MEDA will help scientists create accurate weather predictions on Mars, keeping future astronauts safe.’

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NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover ready for the biggest off

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ‘ With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover.

The spacecraft Perseverance ‘ set for liftoff as early as this Thursday, July 30 ‘ is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet.

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This summer’s third and final mission to Mars ‘ after the United Arab Emirates’ Hope orbiter and China’s Quest for Heavenly Truth orbiter-rover combo ‘ begins with a launch scheduled for Thursday morning from Cape Canaveral, with the launch window to Mars closing in early August. Like the other spacecraft, Perseverance should reach the Red Planet next February following a journey spanning seven months and more than 300 million miles.

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Meet Perseverance, JPL’s newest Mars rover

NASA’s newest Mars rover is called Perseverance, and it has already lived up to the name. Weighing in at just over a ton and loaded with the most sophisticated instruments ever sent to the red planet, the six-wheeled vehicle has already survived a hurdle no previous rover has had to face: a global pandemic.

Despite the unprecedented challenges, the $2.4-billion space robot is expected to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as early as Thursday’right on schedule.

The rover traveled across the country from its birthplace at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge in February. After its arrival, as many as 90 NASA employees gathered in a cleanroom every day to reassemble, test and otherwise prepare the SUV-sized machine for the rigors of spaceflight.

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NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Launch: When to Watch

On Thursday, NASA hopes to send a robotic rover and a small experimental helicopter on a journey of six and a half months to the red planet. It follows two earlier launches by the United Arab Emirates and China.

NASA was originally scheduled to lift off earlier in July, but had to overcome a number of technical delays that pushed back the launch. While it is last to leave, all three missions should arrive at the red planet at about the same time, in February.

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Powered By Plutonium, NASA’s New Mars Rover Is Ready To Roll

Tory Bruno, head of the United Launch Alliance declared, “This Red Planet dune buggy is fueled and ready to go!”

This is good because the rocket carrying the rover is set to launch tomorrow, Thursday July 30th, from Cape Canaveral. The Pu will run the instruments and keep them warm during the cold Martian nights and winters, which are cold enough to freeze electronics down.

When you’re as far out from the Sun as Mars, and have to endure long periods of darkness, and don’t have the luxury of dragging along tons of chemical fuel, radioisotopes are a must to keep operating. This rover will use only 4.8 kg of 238PuO2 to fuel this rover with 110 watts of electrical power for abut 15 years.

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NASA will soon try to fly a helicopter over Mars: “It really is like the Wright brothers’ moment”

The 4-pound helicopter, Ingenuity, will travel to Mars clutching the rover’s belly and, a few months after touchdown, attempt to fly solo. Once dropping onto the Martian surface, Ingenuity will start out like a baby bird, rising 10 feet into the planet’s extremely thin atmosphere and flying forward up to 6 feet. With each attempt, it will try to go a little higher and farther.

“It really is like the Wright brothers’ moment,” said project manager MiMi Aung. She has one month to squeeze in as many helicopter hops as possible before the rover moves on to more pressing geologic work. The future could see next-generation helicopters scouting out distant Martian territory for astronauts or even robots.

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