Perseverance rover heads to Mars: Here’s what to know

NASA's Perseverance is searching for actual signs of past microbial life on Mars, then bring them back to Earth.

NASA’s Perseverance rover will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth.

The launch window for Perseverance opens Thursday, July 30 and closes Aug. 15, 2020. The launch is scheduled for 7:50 a.m. EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

It is set to land on Mars Feb. 18, 2021 at the planet’s Jezero Crater.

You can watch the launch live here.

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Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.