NASA Rover En Route to Mars to Look for Signs of Life

Posted on July 30, 2020 5:13 am

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The U.S. has launched its next-generation Mars rover in search of potential signs of life on the red planet.

NASA’s latest rover, Perseverance, launched at 11:50 GMT Thursday from Cape Canaveral in the southeastern state of Florida.

The robotic explorer was propelled into space by an Atlas 5 rocket operated by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between private aerospace companies Boeing and Lockheed.

The rocket has separated from the first stage and is being boosted to orbit by the Centaur second stage. @NASAPersevere is now preparing for a second burn that will put it on a trajectory towards Mars.