It will be a big day for NASA on Thursday as the Perseverance Rover is sent to space on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket. The rover, which is about the size of an average car will make its almost 6 month trip to The Red Planet before landing at Jezero Crater in February of 2021.
Like many missions before it, Percy (as the rover is often called) will search for signs of past and present life on the planet while also collecting samples for a possible return to Earth in the future. Just like its sibling the Mars Curiosity Rover, the rover will land on the surface via a sky crane but unlike Curiosity, Perseverance will have an extra “friend” riding along.
The Ingenuity Helicopter which has many similarities to drones here on Earth is planned to make the first powered flight outside of Earth. Along with proving that powered flight is possible, the aircraft will also take photos during the process.
As of right now, the Launch of Perseverance is scheduled for 7:50 AM ET at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
For a live feed of the launch, you can visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy/