FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch was a success Thursday morning.
The rocket carrying the rover lifted off at 7:50 a.m.
NASA picked this time of year to launch the rover because the Earth and Mars are in good positions to each other.
"That is, it takes less power to travel to Mars at this time, compared to other times when Earth and Mars are in different positions in their orbits," NASA said.
By 8:48 a.m., the rover had separated from the rocket and was on its way to Mars.
Just after 9:15 a.m., the rover started communicating with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.
The rover is expected to land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021.
The rover's mission is expected to last at least one Mars year, that's about 687 Earth days according to NASA.