NASA’s Perseverance Rover Passes Flight Readiness Review, On Track for July 30 Launch Written 24 July 2020


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SPACE reports that NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is on track to launch July 30 after passing its flight readiness review (FRR) Wednesday, NASA officials announced. Agency officials wrote in a Wednesday update that the FRR “was an opportunity for the Mars 2020 team and launch vehicle provider United Launch Alliance to report on the readiness of the spacecraft, along with the Atlas V rocket, flight and ground hardware, software, personnel and procedures.” The next step for the mission team is the launch readiness review, which is scheduled for July 27. The launch window for the mission is between July 30 and August 15, and the rover is expected to arrive on Mars on February 18, 2021. Perseverance will land “inside the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater, which harbored a lake and river delta in the ancient past.”
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