Thursday, July 30, 2020

NASA's next Mars rover, Perseverance, will launch Thursday. Here's how to watch.

NASA's Mars 2020 rover Perseverance and its Atlas V rocket stand on the launch pad ahead of their planned July 30, 2020, liftoff.
(Image: © Amy Thompson/

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is counting down to the launch of its newest Mars rover. The car-sized robot, named Perseverance, is set to lift off toward the Red Planet Thursday (July 30) during a two-hour window that opens at 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT), and you can watch it live. 
Perseverance will launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rover will land on the floor of Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb.18, 2021. 
Launch coverage will begin Thursday at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), with the launch window remaining open until about 9:50 a.m. EDT (1350 GMT). There will be multiple opportunities to launch within that time frame, and you can watch the launch live here on as well as via NASA. ULA will also offer a live webcast of the launch, beginning about 20 minutes before liftoff. 

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