Lift off! Nasa's Perseverance rover heads to Mars

Published on July 30, 2020 - Duration: 02:14s

Lift off! Nasa's Perseverance rover heads to Mars

Nasa’s new car-sized robotic spacecraft is on its way to Mars in a mission tosearch for evidence of ancient life.

The Perseverance rover successfullyblasted from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday at12.50pm UK time, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

It is thethird mission heading to the Red Planet this month after launches by the UAEand China.

Perseverance will now travel 314 million miles over a period ofnearly seven months before attempting to land on a 31-mile crater namedJezero.

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