NASA's next Mars rover, Perseverance, a month away from launch

Depending on weather conditions, the car-size robot is scheduled to lift off on July 20 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Though it may similar to Mars Curiosity that has been exploring the Red Planet since 2012, but Perseverance has more features like new science instruments, upgraded cameras, improved onboard computers and new landing technologies that will help it accomplish the goals planned for the mission.

“Perseverance is the most sophisticated mission we’ve ever sent to the Red Planet’s surface,” said Lori Glaze, the director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, according to a report in space dot com.

The rover’s astrobiology mission has four main goals including seeking signs of past microscopic life on Mars, according to a NASA release.

Perseverance’s second goal is closely linked with its first: The rover will seek out evidence that microbial life once existed on Mars in the past.

Like the robotic spacecraft that landed on the Moon to prepare for the Apollo astronauts, the Perseverance rover’s fourth science goal will help pave the way for humans to eventually visit Mars.

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