NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Launch window opens at 7:50 am tomorrow

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Perseverance is set to take off at 7:50 a.m. eastern time (7:50 p.m.in Manila) from Cape Canaveral, Florida Thursday.

"This is as opposed to any robotic that we have sent to Mars ahead of for the reason that it has the reason of astrobiology", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained to Reuters in an job interview.

Nasa's Perseverance roverThe $2.4 billion mission, slated for liftoff at 7:50 a.m. ET (1150 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral, is planned as the USA space agency's ninth trek to the Martian surface.

Perseverance looks a lot like Curiosity but carries a new range of instruments, including additional cameras and the ability to cache rock samples for eventual return to Earth on a future mission, tentatively planned for a 2026 liftoff.

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Perseverance will carry out an experiment to convert elements of the carbon dioxide-rich Martian atmosphere into propellant for future rockets launching off the planet's surface, or to produce breathable oxygen for future astronauts. Finally, news that isn't COVID-19 related. Like the rovers namesake, the plaque is a tribute to the perseverance of first responders and healthcare workers from around the globe, featuring the classic "snake entwined rod" symbol of healing and medicine. Weighing in at just 1.8 kg (or less than 700 grams in the lower gravity of Mars), Ingenuity aims to be the first aircraft to fly on another planet. Turkey led the list with 2,528,844 signups out of almost 11 million. Riding under a glass cover, the three chips (each approximately the size of a dime) feature the names as well as the essays of the 155 finalists in the "Name the Rover" competition.

If all goes to plan, it will reach the Red Planet on February 18, 2021, becoming the 5th rover to complete the voyage since 1997.

Perseverance is due to land at the base of an 820-foot-deep (250 meters) crater called Jezero, a former lake from 3.5 billion years ago that scientists suspect could bear evidence of potential past microbial life on Mars.

The weather forecast from the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron put chances of an undisturbed liftoff at 80 percent, reporting a slim chance that thick clouds would form over the launchpad and delay the launch. The rover will be on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket. Perseverance will launch today (Thursday, July 30) after a series of delays forced NASA to extend the original launch window.

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