There’s a little rover named Perseverance that took off for a really big mission recently: a mission to study the geology of Mars and look for possible signs of ancient life on the planet. The rover (whose name was given by Alex Mather, a student from Springfield, Virginia!) launched into outer space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on July 30th in a rocket that will carry it to its final destination of Mars.
The trip will take approximately seven months with an anticipated landing date of February 18th, 2021. Can you imagine traveling on an airplane or in a car for seven months just to reach your final destination? Perseverance seems like the perfect name for the little rover, don’t you think? The mighty little rover is scheduled to roam the red planet for at least one Mars year—that’s approximately two Earth years!—and complete tasks such as taking soil and rock samples for further study, capture images of an area of the planet that has yet to be explored, and try out new equipment that could potentially be used for future explorations. It’s a big job, but given a name like Perseverance, we’re pretty sure the rover will be doing some incredibly amazing things. Bon Voyage, Perseverance! We can’t wait to see what you share with us back on Earth!
Check back often as we follow the story of Perseverance and its journey to and on Mars!