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NASA today launches Perseverance towards Mars. Follow live

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The Perseverance mission was announced in 2012 and today, June 30, 2020, it will take off towards Mars. Everything will be shown by the American space agency and we will follow the event that takes place at 12:50 pm in mainland Portugal.

So, to take advantage of a window of opportunity, in which the red planet is “closer” to Earth, after China and the United Arab Emirates have already sent their ships, NASA will send a mission that cost US $ 2.4 billion .


NASA: Perseverance on the way to Mars

As scheduled, NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is ready to launch from Cape Canaveral today at 7:50 am local (12:50 pm continental Portugal)

On board the Atlas V rocket, the United States carries technology that will explore the planet in a way that has never been used before. According to what has been made known, a helicopter drone, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, will be sent on this mission, which, with its 80 cm height, will fly and show Mars from another point of view.

In this ambitious project, the centerpiece is the Perserverance rover. This will be the vehicle to land on Mars that carries the most complete and complex exploration material. This is also the largest and heaviest rover developed by NASA. This technology will look for signs of ancient life, prepare rocks to be returned for further examination for the first time and also study what Mars looks like.

NASA rover helicopter image to fly on Mars

Illustration image of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

When will it arrive on Mars?

Perseverance is due to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. The landing will be in a delta of almost four billion years in the Jezero Crater 45 kilometers wide, where there is an old and dry riverbed. It is a promising place to find organic molecules and other potential signs of microbial life.

This could be a huge moment for humanity - and we will be able to see everything in a few moments:

Although not expected, in bad weather, the launch may be canceled and launched in a few days. Thus, the launch window extends until August 15, 2020. However, this window is closing and either they go in this date range, or they will have to wait until 2022.

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