NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Set to Launch Aboard Atlas V Rocket From Cape Canaveral on Thursday, July 30

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Launch window opens at 7:50 a.m. ET

ABOVE VIDEO: NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover Set to Launch Aboard Atlas V Rocket From Cape Canaveral on Thursday, July 30.

BREVARD COUNTY •.CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – United Launch Alliance is making final preparations ahead of the Thursday, July 30, Atlas V rocket launch that is carrying NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The two-hour launch window is set begin at 7:50 a.m. ET.

Coverage of the launch can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

KEY INFORMATION

• Rocket: Atlas V 541

• Mission: NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover

• Launch Date: Thurs., July 30, at 7:50 a.m. ET, with a two-hour window

• Launch Location: Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Mission Information: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket will launch NASA’s Perseverance rover to Mars. 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.

Launch Notes: 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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