July 30, 2020

Mars-bound: NASA’s life-seeking rover Perseverance set for launch

Cape Canaveral (AFP) – NASA’s latest Mars rover Perseverance launches Thursday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life — and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time.Take-off is scheduled for 7:50 am (1150 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida on board a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.If all goes to plan, Perseverance will reach the Red Planet on February 18, 2021, becoming the fifth rover to complete the voyage since 1997.All so far have been American. China launched its first Mars rover last week, which should arrive by May 2021.By next…

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