NASA says Mars rover still scheduled for launch this summer

NASA has also been forced to remotely operate from home by staff at multiple bases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic triggered by the new coronavirus. But when it comes to the Mars rover project, which is scheduled for launch this summer, the agency says everything will go ahead as planned. If all goes well, Perseverance is expected to reach Mars in early 2021.

NASA says Mars rover still scheduled for launch this summer

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As NASA’s newest Mars rover, Perseverance will travel to the distant Red Planet. Using a series of instruments on the Rover, scientists hope to explore evidence of possible habitability in history, such as ancient microbes.

NASA said in a statement this week that the Perseverance team completed a lot of work in April, so the project is still expected to launch as scheduled this summer (July).

NASA says Mars rover still scheduled for launch this summer

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By the end of April, the Perseverance team had packed a backpack-style parachute for the rover. The two will not be separated again until they arrive on Mars in mid-February 2021. In addition, the “Mars Helicopter” component scored a new round of testing.

Eventually, the Stamina rover will be launched aboard the United Launch Alliance (SLS) Hercules V rocket.”