NASA’s Next-Generation Mars Rover Launches Thursday Morning

Posted on July 30, 2020 12:15 am

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NASA’s next-generation Mars rover Perseverance is set for liftoff from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday on a mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth’s planetary neighbor.

The U.S. space agency’s $2.4 billion mission is scheduled for launch at 7:50 a.m. ET and is expected to reach Mars in February.

LIVE NOW: The #CountdownToMars begins.

We are launching a historic mission to the Red Planet. Tune in to watch @NASAPersevere liftoff and begin her mission to search for signs of ancient life on another world:

— NASA (@NASA) July 30, 2020

The car-sized six-wheeled robotic rover, which will launch atop