The final launch to Mars for the next two years looked pretty epic

On Thursday morning, an Atlas V rocket
launched NASA’s latest rover, Perseverance, to Mars
.

This marked the third of three launches to the red planet in
2020—following the UAE’s
Hope
and China’s
Tianwen-1
missions—and it came near the closing of this
year’s month-long “window” to the red planet. During such a window,
which comes around about every 26 months, spacecraft can follow an
elliptical orbit such that they will arrive at the location in
space where Mars will be seven months from now—making the
shortest possible journey to the red planet.

Even the smallest missions to Mars need a powerful rocket to
launch, and this is especially true for a rover that will be the
largest object NASA has ever tried to land on the red planet’s
surface. Perseverance weighs a little more than a metric ton.

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The final launch to Mars for the next two years looked
pretty epic