Explainer: NASA's 2020 Perseverance mission

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NASA successfully launched the 2020 Perseverance mission from Florida's Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:50 a.m. on July 29. This spacecraft is carrying an orbiter, a rover and a drone helicopter.

According to NASA, the Perseverance mission will land on the red planet on February 18, 2021.

The spacecraft will deploy the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter. The vehicles are to explore the Jezero Crater, which was once a lake bed on Mars.

The Perseverance rover's design is based on the Curiosity rover, which was launched in 2011.

The Perseverance rover's design is based on the Curiosity rover, which was launched in 2011. The Perseverance includes a cross-country suspension system; an antenna that communicates directly with Earth; a plutonium power source that charges the rover's batteries; a mast with cameras and sensors; and a robotic arm.

The arm will use a drill to bore into the ground. The arm's X-ray and ultraviolet spectrometers will scan the soil for amino acids and fatty acids, which would imply the presence of lifeforms that may have existed on Mars.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. NASA launches Perseverance from Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida
2. Perseverance spacecraft's projected path
3. Spacecraft will deploy Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter
4. Perseverance rover's mobility, power, communications, and sensory systems
5. Spectrometers in the rover's robotic arm will search for amino and fatty acids


VOICEOVER (in English):
"NASA successfully launched the 2020 Perseverance mission from Florida's Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:50 a.m. on July 29. This spacecraft is carrying an orbiter, a rover and a drone helicopter."

"According to NASA, the Perseverance mission will land on the red planet on February 18, 2021."

"The spacecraft will deploy the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter. The vehicles are to explore the Jezero Crater, which was once a lake bed on Mars."

"The Perseverance rover's design is based on the Curiosity rover, which was launched in 2011."

"The Perseverance rover's design is based on the Curiosity rover, which was launched in 2011. The Perseverance includes a cross-country suspension system; an antenna that communicates directly with Earth; a plutonium power source that charges the rover's batteries; a mast with cameras and sensors; and a robotic arm."

"The arm will use a drill to bore into the ground. The arm's X-ray and ultraviolet spectrometers will scan the soil for amino acids and fatty acids, which would imply the presence of lifeforms that may have existed on Mars."

SOURCES: SOURCES: NASA, MIT Technology Review, New York Times, Space.com
https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/spacecraft/rover/
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/07/29/1005770/nasas-new-mars-rover-perseverance-bristling-tech-find-signs-alien-life/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/mars-perseverance-tianwen-hope.html
https://www.space.com/mars-rover-perseverance-safe-mode-after-launch.html