Liftoff! NASA's Perseverance rover is headed to Mars

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover left Earth’s atmosphere and began the long journey to Mars this morning under clear skies. 

The launch went off successfully at 7:50 a.m. EDT (4:50 a.m. PDT), when the rover rode skyward atop Atlas V-541 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Perseverance will now be in transit until Feb. 18, 2021, when it will land at Jezero crater and begin analyzing Martian geology and climatology. 

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