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NASA Mars 2020 Mission successfully launched

The InSight Lander investigates seismic activity (sketch)

The InSight Lander investigates seismic activity (sketch)
Image Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech

News from Jul 30, 2020

Today at 13:50 (CEST), the Mars 2020 space probe of the American space agency NASA was launched with an Atlas V launch rocket from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida towards the Red Planet. It will then land on 18 February 2021 in Jezero crater.

On board: The NASA rover “Perseverance”. The 1025 kg heavy rover is the most complex equipment ever sent to Mars. Besides numerous scientific instruments, it will carry containers for a drill core sample collection that will be left on Mars for a later return to Earth carried out by follow-up missions planned for the 2030s. The rover also carries a 1.8 kg helicopter drone named “Ingenuity” as technology demonstrator and near field reconnaissance instrument.

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