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NASA launched Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission

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Today NASA launched Mars 2020 Perseverance mission and it’s now on its way. It’s the third and last mission for Mars this year. Before this mission, UAE and China already launched their missions.

This mission named “Mars 2020”. Last time, NASA sent Curiosity Rover, which landed in 2012. This time Rover named as Perseverance.

Main purpose of Perseverance is to collect the sign of ancient life and it will collect Mars rock and soil samples for the possible return to Earth later. Mars 2020 mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. It’s expected to land on Mars (Jezero Crater) on February 18, 2020.

This mission also include Mars helicopter. It named Ingenuity. It’s main job is to test the first ever flight on Mars. It will be with Perseverance. It’s interesting because it will be first flight on another planet. Total weight of the helicopter is 1.8 kilograms. The helicopter will fly on its own without any special command from Earth.

A place on Mars named Jezero Crater targeted to land and considering that it will be great place to find the signs of ancient life.

During the launch of the mission, Earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 was noted on the launching site. A few hours later after the launch of spacecraft, it was reported that NASA was having some trouble in proper communicating with the spacecraft but it was not the officially concerned. In the post-launch news briefing, Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator, told it’s something that we have already seen in past Mars mission.

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