US space agency NASA’s Perseverance rover is all set to head to Mars. Perseverance launch time in India is 5.20 pm on July 30. It will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and NASA will be live streaming the entire event from 4.30 pm IST.
Perseverance that will follow China's rover-orbiter combo and a United Arab Emirates orbiter, will arrive at Jezero in February. It will take Perseverance will close to seven months to reach Jezero, a one-time lake, and a crater close to 30 miles wide. This is a distance of nearly 300 million miles.
The timings of the launches were based on the proximity between Mars and Earth. In the month of July, the two planets were close enough to permit just a six-month journey.
Perseverance is almost the clone of Curiosity, the Mars rover that landed 8 years ago and discovered signs of a habitable lake. The rover that has a mass of 1,050 kgs, however, boasts of some of the most sophisticated instruments that have ever made it to space. It is also equipped with a miniature helicopter named Ingenuity that weighs 1.8 kilos. It will be the first of its kind to fly on Mars.