2020 Launch Nears for NASA’s ‘Sophisticated’ Mars Perseverance Rover

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine outlined goals for the next Mars rover mission during a Monday briefing for the planned July 30 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars. Set to rocket away this week from Florida, the spacecraft named Perseverance is NASA’s brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet.

It sports the latest landing tech, plus the most cameras and microphones ever assembled to capture the sights and sounds of Mars.

With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is shooting for its riskiest touchdown site by far, an ancient river delta full of boulders and cliffs that may harbor signs of ancient life.

It’s the third and final mission to Mars this summer, after the United Arab Emirates and China.

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