Mars season is upon us. The UAE already launched an orbiter to Mars on top of a Mitsubishi rocket. Now it's NASA's turn.
NASA will launch a car-sized rover, called Perseverance, to Mars. The payload will fly on top of an ATLAS rocket by ULA in 541 configuration from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
- Rover: Perseverance
- Small helicopter to explore autonomous flight on Mars
- Experiment to turn carbon-dioxide into oxygen
- System that prepares samples for a future return mission
- Payload mass: 1'050 kg
Check your local time of launch at: www.timeanddate.com
Where to watch:
- Join Tim Dodd 30 minutes before launch for his coverage: Everyday Astronaut
- NASA TV Livestream
- NASASpaceflight LIVE: Atlas V Launches NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover
Useful links to stay up to date on launches:
Spaceflightnow.com: Launch Schedule
Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews
NASA Spaceflight nasaspacefight.com
Be aware, this is rocket surgery.
Small disturbances can lead to postponed launches. Making sure everything is just right is way cheaper than risking big fireworks.