NASA’s Mars 2020 rover Liftoff is scheduled for 7:50 a.m. EDT on Thursday (July 30
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover Liftoff is scheduled for 7:50 a.m. EDT on Thursday (July 30: This morning (July 27), the $2.7 billion Mars 2020 Perseverance rover passed its launch readiness review, the last big hurdle to clear before its planned liftoff Thursday (July 30) from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
“The launch readiness review is complete, and we are indeed go for launch,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a news conference today.
Perseverance is scheduled to lift off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Thursday during a two-hour window that opens at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT). You can watch all the action live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA.
Mother Nature looks likely to cooperate with that plan. There’s just a 20% chance that bad weather will scuttle Thursday’s attempt, launch weather officer Jessica Williams, of the 45th Space Force, said during today’s news conference.
The launch will send Perseverance on a nearly 7-month cruise to Mars, which will end with a dramatic, sky-crane landing within the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.
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