NASA’s Perseverance Rover began its long journey to Mars today by successfully launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a ULA Atlas V rocket. It now begins its seven-month journey to the Red Planet, landing there on Feb. 18, 2021.

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[Announcer] The Perseverance rover headed to Mars. Ready to ride on a column of fire and smoke on its way to the red planet.

- [Announcer] And lift off. As the Countdown to Mars continues, the perseverance of humanity launching the next generation of robotic explorers to the red planet.

- [Man] And Atlas TU has gone to closely controlled. Standing by for FRP burnout shortly. And we have successful separation of Mars 2020 with the Perseverance rover.

- [Woman] We now have an acquisition of signals, and the years of blood, sweat, and tears from every person who worked on this mission is now realized as Perseverance makes its way to Mars.

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