FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is set to launch Thursday, July 30 at 7:50 a.m.
The $2.7 billion rover passed its launch readiness review which was the last big hurdle to clear before liftoff from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Perseverance will explore the Red Planet’s possibilities for life.
According to NASA, the car-sized vehicle will carry instruments and technology that will help pave the way for human exploration of Mars.
Scientists are hoping to characterize the planet’s geology and climate.
According to NASA, Perseverance is on a quest to find signs of ancient microscopic life.
The rover will land in the Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.
The crater was once a lake billions of years ago.
Images of the Jezero Crater were taken by instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The crater was chosen as the landing site because scientists believe the area was once flooded with water and was home to an ancient river delta.
If in fact true, the rover will be able to find signs of microbial life in the lakebed or shoreline sediments.