NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Heading To The Launch Pad

In February 2020, NASA’s Perseverance Rover began its long journey to Mars by first traveling across the United States. The rover was built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and then carefully packed and flown to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. There, engineers integrated the rover with the spacecraft that carries it to Mars, and the Atlas V rocket chosen to send it on its way.

Main Job: The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth. Tech Demo: The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration, hitching a ride on the Perseverance rover.  

Now, the rover is ready to go. The launch period for the Perseverance rover opens July 30, 2020. Learn more at

Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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