Meet Perseverance, JPL’s newest Mars rover

Rover ready for liftoff after months of uncertainty. Project will search for evidence that Mars once had life.

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July 30, 2020 - 9:29 AM

An illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover on the surface of Mars. The vehicle, built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is already halfway to Mars. Photo by (NASA/TNS)

NASA’s newest Mars rover is called Perseverance, and it has already lived up to the name.

Weighing in at just over a ton and loaded with the most sophisticated instruments ever sent to the red planet, the six-wheeled vehicle has already survived a hurdle no previous rover has had to face: a global pandemic.

After overcoming months of uncertainty, Perseverance is at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, awaiting the start of the 309-million-mile journey that will take it to an ancient lake bed that may contain evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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