NASA is scheduled to launch the next aircraft to Mars, the start of a multi-year mission to find out if the Red Planet will ever host life.
The Rover, called Perseverance, is equipped with tools to search for evidence of ancient Martian bacteria, but its main goal is to excavate the samples and leave them on Mars – for one day. they can somehow be brought back to Earth for research. There is even a tiny helicopter onboard called Ingenuity.
The persistent trip to Mars is an Atlas V rocket, manufactured and operated by the United Launch Alliance. The Atlas V missiles previously flew four NASA missions to Mars, including the Curiosity expedition, which landed on the Red Planet in 2012.
For this flight, the missile is equipped with four small boosters at its base to give the vehicle the initial climb and establish perseverance on the way to Mars.
The car will take off from the ULA launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with an expected lift of 7:50 AM ET. The company has a two-hour boot window, so Atlas V can take off until 9:50 AM ET if needed. When the rocket takes off, it will take less than an hour for the bullet bearing Persistence to separate from Atlas V and begin the journey.
It will take about six and a half months for people to move to the Red Planet, to Mars around February 2021.
So far, the weather looks good to warm up, despite the fact that a storm is on its way to land in Florida this weekend.
There is an 80% chance that it will be advantageous to launch on Thursday, according to the Space Force’s 45th Wing, and monitor missions off the Nose.
If Perseverance can’t launch on Thursday morning, there’s a chance to launch every day until August 17. But for NASA, it’s quite important that Perseverance will rise off the ground this summer.
The window to launch on Mars only opens every two years, when Earth and Red Planet come closest to their orbits around the Sun. If NASA cannot launch this year, the agency must wait until 2022 to try again.
Until now, everything seems to be on its way out. NASA coverage will begin at 7 am ET and the agency will hold a press conference after its launch at 11:30 AM ET if all goes well. Check back later to see NASA’s next journey begin its journey to search for ancient life on Mars.