This week the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission approved NASA’s Flight Readiness Review, allowing the team to go for a launch on Thursday, July 30 at 7:50 am (ET). Of course, weather conditions or an unforeseen issue may change this, but if everything goes according to plan next week and the climatic conditions cool down at the launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, then we can see the Atlas of the United Launch Alliance. V can look forward to the exciting spectacle of rocket lifting.
A week before the much awaited departure, NASA has posted a short video (below) showing the cross-country journey of perseverance on the launchpad. As well as the process of boarding a rocket.
The rover’s journey began at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where the vehicle was built before it was fully tested in preparation for its challenging Mars mission.
It was then carefully packed and flown to Cape Canaveral at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. As the video suggests, the fixture was then integrated with the spacecraft that would take it to Mars and, eventually, was placed atop the Atlas rocket.
The rover would also be traveling with Ingenuity, a less autonomous helicopter that would become the first aircraft to fly on another planet.
If NASA can meet its launching window, which runs until August 15, 2020, then persistence and ingenuity will hit the Martian surface in February 2021.
Perseverance will explore Mars for signs of ancient life, and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth, while congenital will help NASA locate potentially useful research sites on the planet, and also collect data Which will enable the space agency to create anew. To follow the paths to the future Mars. NASA recently released an insensitive video showing how Ingenuity will begin its first flight to Mars after Inversity moves away from its base of persistence.
“This mission symbolizes our nation’s spirit of tackling problems and finding solutions together,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein said Wednesday after passing the mission’s Flight Readiness Review. “Incredible science will enable perseverance and bold human missions will help make it possible that we will be an inspiration to all.”