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NASA Mars Perseverance Rover Launch Highlights: Perseverance heads to Red planet

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch highlights: NASA launched its Mars Perseverance Rover on July 30 at 17:20 IST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: July 30, 2020 7:09:30 pm
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NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch highlights: NASA launched its Mars Perseverance Rover on July 30 at 17:20 IST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The main aim of the Mars Perseverance Rover is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth. The duration of the mission is expected to be at least one Mars year which is equivalent to 687 days on Earth.

The Mars Perseverance Rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021, after covering a distance of 300 million miles (482.8 million kms approximately). The landing site of the rover will be the Jezero Crater on the Red Planet. This is the third launch to Mars after China’s rover-orbiter combo and a United Arab Emirates orbiter launched last week.

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“We don’t know if life existed there or not. But we do know that Mars at one point in its history was habitable,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on the eve of the launch.

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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch live updates: NASA launches its Mars Perseverance Rover on July 30 at 17:20 IST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The main aim of the Mars Perseverance Rover is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth.

19:05 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Launch complete.. Perseverance heads to Mars

"Our launch process is complete. The vehicle is on its way to Mars." NASA Perseverance Rover chief engineer Adam Stelzner discusses the next seven months leading up to landing on the Red Planet. WATCH

18:55 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Confirmed! NASA has begun receiving Signal

18:49 (IST)30 Jul 2020
NASA Rover Perseverance heads to the Red planet
18:33 (IST)30 Jul 2020
NASA Rover Perseverance blasts off

NASA launched its latest Mars rover, dubbed Perseverance, on Thursday, the first step in the space agency’s newest effort to hunt for signs of ancient microbial life and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth. The rover blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida atop an Atlas V rocket, beginning its 6 ½ month trip to the red planet. Destined to land in Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, this is the latest effort by the U.S. space agency to learn more about the Martian atmosphere and surface. Perseverance is also carrying a small helicopter named Ingenuity, which if successful will be “the first aircraft to fly in a controlled way on another planet,” NASA said.

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17:39 (IST)30 Jul 2020
The second stage begins

The Mars Perseverance Rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021, more than six months from the launch. 

17:24 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Mars Perseverance lift off

Mars Perseverance has officially been lifted off and is travelling at great speeds before the launch. 

17:08 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Launch to proceed despite earthquake

The launch will go ahead despite an earthquake in Los Angeles. 

16:44 (IST)30 Jul 2020
The countdown begins
16:36 (IST)30 Jul 2020
Two-hour window for launch

There is a two-hour launch window. Perseverance will blast off aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 541 rocket to embark on its seven-month journey to the Red Planet. NASA’s Launch Services Program, (LSP) based at Kennedy, is managing the launch.

13:45 (IST)30 Jul 2020
NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Carry First Spacesuit Materials to Mars

While the rover explores Jezero Crater, collecting rock and soil samples for future return to Earth, five small pieces of spacesuit material will be studied by an instrument aboard Perseverance called SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals). The materials, including a piece of helmet visor, are embedded alongside a fragment of a Martian meteorite in SHERLOC's calibration target. That's what scientists use to make sure an instrument's settings are correct, comparing readings on Mars to base-level readings they got on Earth.

12:23 (IST)30 Jul 2020
A look at NASA’s mission to Mars

Imagine driving on the loneliest road in the world. For the traveller, it is a cathartic experience. One can drive for hours on end without seeing another car or human being. There is the wilderness, the landscape of mountains and valleys, the open sky above and the spectacular night bejewelled by stars. Driving on Mars is a somewhat similar experience. Except there is no road. The rover can drive anywhere it chooses to, and is able to. Except no human or machine has driven on the road before. That is the rush of operating a rover on Mars.

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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch live updates: NASA launches its Mars Perseverance Rover on July 30 at 17:20 IST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The main aim of the Mars Perseverance Rover is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth. The duration of the mission is expected to be at least one Mars year which is equivalent to 687 days on Earth. The Mars Perseverance Rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021, after covering a distance of 300 million miles (482.8 million kms approximately). The landing site of the rover will be the Jezero Crater on the Red Planet. This is the third launch to Mars after China’s rover-orbiter combo and a United Arab Emirates orbiter launched last week.