Mars Perseverance Rover/Copter Ready For Launch Early Today | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne Unmanned-
Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Flight Training-Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne Special Programs!
Airborne-YouTube  Airborne Unlimited--08.03.20 Airborne-Unmanned--07.22.20   NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--07.29.20 Airborne Unlimited--07.31.20  The 2020 Avionics Innovation Preview!

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--08.03.20

Airborne-Unmanned--07.22.20

NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--07.29.20

Airborne Unlimited--07.31.20

Airborne's Annual April 1st Episode

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Mars Perseverance Rover/Copter Ready For Launch Early Today

Targeted For Launch, 0750 EDT Thursday, July 30

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter, has arrived at the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The rover will search for habitable conditions in the ancient past and signs of past microbial life on Mars. The Launch Services Program at Kennedy is responsible for launch management.

Perseverance is NASA’s latest Red Planet rover, designed to search for astrobiological evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars. Following a seven-month journey, it will land at Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. There, Perseverance will gather rock and soil samples for future return to Earth. It also will characterize the planet's climate and geology and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. The robotic scientist, which weighs just under 2,300 pounds, also will carry the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a technology demonstration that marks the first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.

The mission – designed to better understand the geology and climate of Mars and seek signs of ancient life on the Red Planet – will use the robotic scientist, which weighs just under 2,300 pounds and is the size of a small car, to collect and store a set of rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth by future Mars sample return missions. It also will test new technologies to benefit future robotic and human exploration of Mars.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed by Caltech in Southern California, built the Perseverance rover and will manage mission operations for NASA. The agency's Launch Services Program, based at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management.

Mars 2020 Perseverance is part of America’s larger Moon to Mars exploration approach that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.

Charged with sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, NASA will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA's Artemis program.

FMI: www.nasa.gov/mars2020, https://nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars

Advertisement

More News

VSR700 Prototype Performs First Autonomous Free Flight

Flight Test Program Will Now Evolve To Progressively Open The Flight Envelope The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 UAS has performed its first free flight. The VSR700 >[...]

The SportPlane Resource Guide RETURNS!!!!

Emphasis On Growing The Future of Aviation Through Concentration on 'AFFORDABLE FLYERS' It's been a number of years since the Latest Edition of Jim Campbell's HUGE SportPlane Resou>[...]

The Summer 2020 ANN-King Schools Giveaway Goes Live!

Help Us Out With A News-Tip Or Fill Out A Survey To Get A Chance to WIN! Want to win a FREE King School’s course, kneeboard, and flight bag? Enter to win by completing either>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.01.20): Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach

Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach An approach conducted while operating on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan which authorizes the pilot of an aircraft to proceed >[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.01.20)

"The flight instructors at Sporty's Academy and Patty Wagstaff Aviation Safety share the same goal: to make flying safer and more fun. These courses do exactly that, by taking pilo>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC