Rocket Launch: July 17, 2020 9:15 AM ET | ULA Atlas V Mars 2020Jul 17, 2020 09:15 AM Cape Canaveral Air Force Station SLC-41 ULA Atlas V Mars 2020
As part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, the Mars 2020 rover, named Perseverance, will explore the Martian surface and seek to answer questions about the potential of ancient life on Mars. The rover will also gather information and test new technology that will help address the challenges of future human missions to Mars. Per NASA1, these tests include “a method for producing oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, identifying other resources (such as subsurface water), improving landing techniques, and characterizing weather, dust, and other potential environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars.”
Perseverance will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station this summer. Its name was submitted by Alexander Mather, a 7th grader from Virginia, and it was chosen as part of a nation-wide contest.
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