July 29, 2020

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Mars Perseverance Rover’s search for life (and power)

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover displaying where its MMRTG would be inserted, between the panels on the right marked by gold tube, before the power system was inserted.

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover displaying where its MMRTG would be inserted, between the panels on the right marked by gold tube, before the power system was inserted. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

With less than a day to launch, NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance is in good health aboard its Atlas V rocket, with liftoff on track for 7:50 a.m. EDT (!150 GMT) on Thursday, July 30. 

The rover is one of the biggest and most complicated ever bound for Mars. To power its many instruments (and stay warm), Perseverance carries a nuclear power source. Space.com’s Meghan Bartels takes a look at Perseverance’s nuclear battery here

Perseverance will also be the first rover ever to collect samples on Mars for later return to Earth. Space.com’s Chelsea Gohd explains the rover’s role in the search for life on Mars here

One day from launch

NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is poised and ready to launch to Mars aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.  (Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

We are less than 24 hours away from the launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover! The rover will scour Mars for signs of ancient, microbial life. 

Tomorrow at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT), Percy will begin its journey to the Red Planet aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket which will launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

It’s time to get excited and prepare yourself to watch and enjoy the historic launch.

Today, you can hear NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s thoughts about the Mars-bound mission in a live-streamed video on NASA Live, which will begin at noon EST (1600 GMT.)

Also today, beginning at the same time, you can join Space.com for our “Summer of Mars” webinar, in which you’ll be able to connect with the Space.com community to discuss and learn about Perseverance, Mars, the search for life and so much more. 

Go here for up-to-date information on how to watch the launch tomorrow live. 

Perseverance is ready to launch. The rover is strapped in aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket which can be seen here on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Perseverance Mars rover passes ‘go’ for launch

Perseverance, formerly known as the Mars 2020 rover, passed its launch readiness review, NASA officials announced today (July 27.) This was the last major hurdle before the rover is launched on Thursday (July 30) and so, with a pretty good weather forecast and this major obstacle behind it, the mission is making serious progress towards the Red Planet. 



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