Mission to Mars: NASA looks for signs of life and the lead in space race with China

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NASA’s Perseverance rover began its journey to Mars on Thursday with a successful launch from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. The ambitious mission will be NASA’s first to specifically look for signs of past life on Mars and follows China’s own rover mission to the red planet earlier this month.

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