NASA Perseverance rover launch on Mars: how to watch live

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Perseverance is locked in the ULA Atlas V and ready for launch NASA / Joel Kowsky

This story is part of Welcome to mars, our series exploring the red planet.

the third mission to Mars in two weeks is ready to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. NASA’s new Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, is on the launch pad and ready to go for March, with a helicopter on board, Not less! Current weather conditions are extremely favorable for launch, with an 80% chance of exiting the field and entering space. Of course, you can watch the entire historic launch live here. We have a live stream link above and more info on how to follow below.

NASA will broadcast the event live as the car-sized rover takes off in a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Pre-launch coverage begins at 4 h HP and the two hour window opens at 4 h 50 PT.

NASA announced on July 22 that the mission had passed its flight readiness exam, which includes a readiness assessment of the spacecraft, rocket, procedures and personnel. “Mars is a tough customer and we don’t take anything for granted,” said Matt Wallace, deputy project manager for the Perseverance mission.

The launch will depend on weather conditions and technical factors. It was before delayed from the beginning of the month due to technical issues.

It’s been almost nine years since NASA sent its old rover, Curiosity, to Mars. Perseverance is the most advanced robot NASA has sent to the surface of Mars. Once settled in Jezero Crater – an area with a history of water – the rover will launch a mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life.

The rover does not go alone. He also wears a experimental helicopter named Ingenuity under her belly.

NASA’s mission is one of many launches on Mars in a limited window of opportunity this year when the red planet is in a favorable position compared to the Earth. Missing this window means waiting for 2022 for the next chance. Perseverance could potentially be launched until mid-August, if necessary.

The United Arab Emirates successfully sent its Hope probe on July 19, and China launched its own orbiter and rover July 22. All three missions are expected to reach Mars in February 2021.


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