July 30 from Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA) successfully launched the Atlas V rocket that will take on Mars, a new research unit – the Rover Perseverance (Perseverance). Stream start is on the website of the National Directorate of the USA on Aeronautics and space research (NASA).
The missile was launched around 14.50 local time.
Perseverance, according to NASA, is equipped with seven different science instruments. Among other things, the device will be delivered to Mars helicopter drone that runs on solar energy – it will be the first flying machine on another planet.
It is expected that the device will reach the red planet on 18 February 2021. One of the tasks of the Rover – search for signs of microbial life in the past of Mars. The study, conducted with Perseverance, should also help to determine whether Mars is habitable in the past.
He needs to sit in the valley of the crater Lake, which probably had been flooded with water. “Possibly, microbial life could exist in this place during one or more wet periods. If so, its symptoms can be detected in benthic or coastal sediments,” said NASA.
The crater Lake on Mars – the future site of the landing of the new Mars Rover. Photo: Nasa.gov