NASA is launching Perseverance to Mars [Live: 30.07.2020, 11:50 UTC]

in hive-189026 •  15 days ago  (edited)

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 Science Live: Perseverance Mars Rover & the Search for Ancient Life

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.

Cargo:

  • 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:


Useful links to stay up to date on launches:

Spaceflightnow.com: Launch Schedule

Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews

Space News:

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.


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