The much expected new Mars 2020 Rover was lunched on 30th of July on its way to the Red Planet under the name of “Perseverance”. Some time ago I wrote an article about the Mars 2020 Rover concept. Here is a link to that post!
The rocket was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Perseverence will reach Mars’ Jezero Crater on the 18th of February 2021.
As apoint of reference the rover is 3 meters long, 2.7 meters wide, and 2.2 meters tall (10, 9,7 feet), which is roughly the same size as the Curiosity Rover. However Perseverance weighs 1,025 kg (2,260 pounds) which is 126 kg (278 pounds) heavier than Curiosity
The Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth. The brand new exciting piece of technology that was sent is the Mars Helicopter, that I also talked about in the post from a long while before. It will fly over the surface of Mars and help map its surface in detail. The Mars helicopter will be revolutionary, as it will be the first manmade flying device that will ever fly on a cosmic body other than Earth!
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