NASA launched its new Perseverance rover to Mars on July 30, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
Perseverance is expected to land in the Jezero Crater on Mars on February 18, 2021, according to the mission website, and will explore the planet’s geology, collect samples, and search for “signs of past microbial life.”
NASA is also sending a small helicopter, Ingenuity, to Mars. The twin-rotor, solar-powered helicopter will become the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet.
Storyful’s collection of launch footage can be found here. Credit: City of Cape Canaveral via Storyful