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NASA sends Perseverance rover on 7-month journey to Mars

NASA on Thursday launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. “We have LIFTOFF to Mars! The @ulalaunch Atlas V takes flight with our @NASAPersevererover. The #CountdownToMars continues as Perseverance begins …

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Launch set for NASA’s next-generation Mars rover Perseverance

The U.S. space agency’s $2.4 billion mission is scheduled for launch at 7:50 a.m. ET (1150 GMT) and is expected to reach Mars next February. The car-sized six-wheeled robotic rover, which will launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance, also is scheduled to …

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Mars reaches its closest approach to Earth in 15 years

It is the closest the two planets have been to one another since the historic 55.6 million kilometers close approach in August 2003, the agency said. Team members from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory gathered at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, to view the big event. The next similar close approach …

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Underground lake found on Mars, raising possibility of life

What Researchers believe to be a lake sits under the planet’s south polar ice cap, and is about 20km across. Previous research found possible signs of intermittent liquid water flowing on the Martian surface, but this is the first sign of a persistent body of water on the planet in …

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NASA’s Curiosity rover captures photos of Mars dust storm

However, the Curiosity rover, which has been studying Martian soil at Gale Crater, is expected to remain largely unaffected by the dust. While Opportunity is powered by sunlight, which is blotted out by dust at its current location, Curiosity has a nuclear-powered battery that runs day and night. The Martian …

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