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NASA’s Next Mars Mission due to Launch to the Red Planet Surface

NASA's Perseverance rover
Countdown started for NASA’ s next mission due to  launch in the next four to seven weeks to the Red Planet’s surface ,along with the mission rover Perseverance carrying a small helicopter named, Ingenuity as a first experimental flight test on Mars.

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will travel with the Perseverance rover through 314 million miles (505 million kilometres) of interplanetary space to get to Mars.

“Ingenuity is unlike any other helicopter ever powered controlled flight at Mars is unlike anything ever attempted,” said MiMi Aung, project manager of the Mars Helicopter at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

For the team working on the first experimental text to another planet, journey is much more challenging.

Perseverance is a robotic scientist weighing about 2,260 pounds(1,025kg). The rover’s astrobiology mission will search for signs of past microbial life. It will characterizes the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. 

It will be launched on top of a 60 metre high Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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