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