ULA Atlas V 541 Rocket Scheduled to Launch NASA’s Perseverance Rover to Mars July 17

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spacecraft will explore the Jezero Crater to study the planet's habitability

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket will launch NASA’s Perseverance rover to Mars on July 17, 2020, at 9 a.m, the launch will take place at Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (NASA image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket will launch NASA’s Perseverance rover to Mars on July 17, 2020, at 9 a.m, the launch will take place at Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The spacecraft will explore the Jezero Crater to study the planet’s habitability, seek signs of past microbial life, collect and store samples of selected rock and soil and prepare for future human missions.

The rover also carries the Ingenuity helicopter, a technology demonstration to prove that powered flight can be achieved at Mars.

The Perseverance launch will mark the 85th Atlas V mission since the inaugural launch in 2002 and the 7th in the 541 configuration.

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