In February 2020, NASA’s Perseverance Rover began its long journey to Mars by first traveling across the United States. The rover was built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, and then carefully packed and flown to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. There, engineers integrated the rover with the spacecraft that carries it to Mars, and the Atlas V rocket chosen to send it on its way.
GETTING PERSEVERANCE TO THE LAUNCH PAD
In February 2020, the Perseverance Rover began its journey to Mars by traveling across the country to get ready for launch.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California - February, 2020
March Air Reserve Base
Riverside, California - February, 2020
NASA's Kennedy Space Center
Cape Canaveral, Florida - February, 2020
LAUNCH PERIOD OPENS JULY 30, 2020