NASA is getting ready to launch the Mars 2020 Mission next week, from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Atlas V-541 rocket, together with its Perseverance Rover, will have the first opportunity to take off on July 30. NASA says the launch period is of about three weeks, from July 30 until August 15.
Perseverance is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. The Rover will search for evidence of ancient microbial life.
Atlas V is one of the biggest rockets available for this kind of interplanetary flights. It is also known for taking Curiosity and Insight to the Red Planet.
Recently, China has succesfuly launched its own Mars mission into space – Tianwen-1, which will also search for evidence of ancient life forms and underground water.