On July 28, United Launch Alliance rolled the stacked Atlas V "Mars 2020" rocket out to Launch Complex 41, in advance of an anticipated launch on Thursday, July 30, 2020. After a series of delays forced NASA to extend its launch window, Perseverance has been given the green light to blast off.
NASA will launch its latest Mars rover Perseverance from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida imminently with a small box-shaped helicopter attached.
NASA will stream the launch of its Mars rover LIVE on all its social media channels including, Facebook, Twitter as well as YouTube. But we still don't know if it was inhabited, and this mission will try to bring an answer to this question.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken the wind out of many people's sails, but luckily NASA has still found a way to get its historic mission underway.
Amping our excitement and curiosity further, NASA is now giving latest updates about the launch with #CountdownToMars. Its main mission upon reaching the destination is to search for possible signs of life, and according to scientists, the Rover will also help lay the groundwork for astronauts to be able to set foot on the surface.
The month's third and final mission to Mars and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) fifth mission - Perseverance - is all set to launch today, 30 July 2020. Orbital mechanics mean that an ideal launch window for Mars opens once every 26 months, which is why so many ships are leaving at the same time. Following a seven-month journey, it will land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, and will gather rock and soil samples for a future return to Earth.
But NASA officials are confident today's launch will go unhindered.
Janet Petro, deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center, said: "When we started 2020, we knew we were going to have a big year at the spaceport".
Perseverance will land in Jezero Crater, which is a promising candidate for a place where life may have once existed.
Scientists believe Mars once resembled a young Earth, with a hot and humid atmosphere and large bodies of water.
The United States has plans to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s under a program that envisions using a return to the moon as a testing platform for human missions before making the more ambitious crewed journey to Mars.