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Life-hunting Perseverance rover is halfway to Mars

2 Nov 2020, 11:02 UTC
Life-hunting Perseverance rover is halfway to Mars
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NASA’s Perseverance rover has just passed the halfway mark to Mars, a big milestone for the mission. Image via NASA/ JPL-Caltech.
NASA’s newest Mars mission, the Perseverance rover, is now halfway to the red planet, the space agency announced on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. It’s the latest milestone for the mission that will be the first since the Viking 1 and 2 landers in the 1970s/1980s to look directly for evidence of microbial life on Mars.
Julie Kangas, a navigator for the mission, said in a statement:
At 1:40 p.m. Pacific Time today, our spacecraft will have just as many miles in its metaphorical rearview mirror as it will out its metaphorical windshield. While I don’t think there will be cake, especially since most of us are working from home, it’s still a pretty neat milestone. Next stop, Jezero Crater.
The Perseverance rover reached its halfway point to Jezero Crater on Mars on Oct. 27, 2020 at 1:40 p.m. PDT (4:40 EDT). There are now 146.3 million miles (235.4 million km) left to travel. Image via NASA/ JPL-Caltech.
Since its launch on July 30, 2020, Perseverance has travelled 146.3 million miles (235.4 million km). That means that as of last ...

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