NASA is on its way to Mars and would like you to participate as a virtual guest on this exciting new mission.
On July 30, NASA successfully launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. The launch was broadcast live from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. (See a video of the launch at the end of this article.)
The Perseverance rover is scheduled to land in the Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient Martian lake, on Feb. 18, 2021. The rover will search the lakebed for signs of microscopic life that may have existed on Mars long ago. The rover also will collect soil samples to be returned to Earth on a future mission and will perform tests that could pave the way for future human exploration of the planet.
Perseverance will be accompanied by a miniature helicopter called Ingenuity, which will make the first attempt at powered flight on another world. Ingenuity, which weighs just under 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms), will ride to Mars attached to the belly of the rover.
Watch this mission overview of NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover:
See Perseverance and Ingenuity in action in this NASA animated video:
Learn more with these free NASA resources
- Mission Overview web page
- Resources for students and children (stickers, posters collectible cards, bookmarks, Kids I Spy, word search, and more)
- Mission Fact sheet
- Learn more about the Rover
- How was Perseverance named?
- Learn more about the Helicopter
- Building the Perseverance Rover
- View the Behind the Spacecraft Video Series
Video of the Perseverance launch
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Congrats to you and your team, NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover. From the wild ride of landing to your eight years across the surface, you’ve blazed quite a trail. Can’t wait to join you on Mars.
Watched is live as I will with Perseverance! Good luck Team!
Perseverance, Curiosity has done some remarkable science on Mars! I know you have learned a great deal and will build on that to add more to our knowledge! We are excited for you and the outstanding people of NASA JPL!!!
What an amazing accomplishment NASA team. This was a truly remarkable day, one I looked forward to for months beforehand. The same holds true for Perseverance. It’s gonna be a long 7 months!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS CURIOSITY MARS ROVER 🛰🌙 ☀️ ✨✨✨
Good luck Exciting to see the the landing
Curiosity has done great things. Looking forward to when Percy joins her, further increasing our knowledge of the red planet.
Right of top in every aspect of space exploration. This agency aims to break the frontier and shackles to move ahead into deep space faster than anybody could imagine. Kudos to them. 👏
waiting for you to land smoothly in February.
This is such a privilege to be a minute part of. Can't wait to see the landing and for the experiments to begin.
Lots of efforts has made each and every department ❤❤❤✌✌✌
Great accomplishment guys. Congratulations
Congrats to NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover..............And Good luck for your farther assistance 🚀🚀
I watched it from Australia.
Amazing scientific achievement.
Watching such NASA’S invaluable work
Can't wait for Perseverance.
Watching the control room's reaction never gets old.
Excited for the landing in a few months!
Still gives me goosebumps!
U r all making history well done looking forward to February when it lands
Waiting with anticipation.
Mike Snodgrass do you follow this page?
It’s back to normal operations for me as I cruise to Mars. I put over a million miles on the odometer yesterday. Roughly 290 million miles to go in my #CountdownToMars.
Latest status: go.nasa.gov/2P9xoo0
Follow my flight path: go.nasa.gov/30eh63z ...
Perseverance Rover truly is a fitting name. It had challenges during the last few months and post launch and in the midst of a pandemic. Have a safe journey and landing!
Good to know that you’re back and fully operational. Happy cheers to all the Martians on board #perseverance. We’ll all touchdown safely. Thank you for the update.
Good luck Perseverance!!! Bring back some nice Martian photos 😁😁
Hooray! Safe and smooth travels, Perseverance! You have an Awesome support Team. So appreciate the updates and links ! #CountdownToMars
Good luck on your missioin to Mars our Martian heroes! Thank you for the latest updates
Is this available on the regular Eyes software? I'm interested in zooming out and seeing the trajectory corrections etc. Thanks and good luck!
Glad to know everything was put back into normal. Bon Voyage, Perseverance and Inegenuity!
Great, keep going. We need your information data from red planet.❤
Good luck perseverance bring back those Mars rocks
Great goodluck on your journey and mission Perseverance & Ingenuity! 🚀
Well done good luck on your mission to Mars my little Martian
We are from Brazil and did here at home this song, called I'm going to Mars.We hope we can go there soon!
Awesome. Eyes and ears on Mars. This mission is so cool and with Artemis and a space station at the moon. What an exciting time to be alive.
Sorry for my stupidity, but why is the trip 290 million miles? Isn’t the furthest distance between Earth and Mars around 250 million miles? Also why didn’t nasa look for a smaller gap of distance and time between the two planets?
what a joke... destroy this planet that supports life in great abundance and move on to Mars that supports no life. ya that sounds like a brilliant plan.
Please forgive my novice question. How do you get that number for the remaining distance? Is there curvature involved?
Thank God. I wasn’t sure how I would tell my 8 year old after last nights news. I held off ...
Dang, they're still doing the first person POV thing? Thought that was incredibly weird when they did it with Curiosity. Either way, glad to see it is on course.
Travel bureau on Mars have posted that all arrivals as from 03/07/2020 will have to quarantine for 14 days. They also are concerned about the huge increase in traffic. Wild camping is also not acceptable. That’s why I’m staycationing.
NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover, I am with you all the way to Mars and I am enjoying the ride with you. Thank you for the latest update.
This will be very exciting to see in space,when completed it will be the center of attention,the future is here and growing nothing can stop it.
My name is flying on the Perseverance Rover to Mars
On the way to Mars the powerful instruments on #perserverance are going to be used to scan for the whereabouts of Hunter Biden...
What's Eris o the horizon? Im rusty on this info... is it a dwarf planet officialy?
blue screen without real reason? does it have some kind of microsoft os?
remember you have my name on board, godspeed!
Take care Perseverance, we shall be waiting for your safe landing 😊
Dear Perseverance, don't forget: wear a mask, wash your wheels and stay 2 metres away from any martian you encounter!!!
Strange to be so emotionally involved with metal and wires, but i follow your fate as would a new Mum with her kids stepping to school. I looked out of the window last night and saw Mars ( it was, I checked the positioning on an App) Godspeed you little rover. You're a good deal more pleasant to know than a lot of humans. Do wake up happy and healthy from safe mode soon.
Perseverance, that was a beautiful start to your mission this morning! Wishing you a safe journey and a soft touchdown, and can't wait to see the science!!
Safe travels! Excited for the oxygen-generating experiment. That will surely help the human mission!
Looking good!! Can’t wait until you, Curiosity, and little Ingenuity are all on the same planet! It takes teamwork to make that dream work!! 👍
A historic gorgeous launch of highly prestigious as first ever sophisticated technologically equipped Perseverance spacecraft is going on the sleep mode piercing successfully Earth's shadow before finally switching over trajectory change in order to move forward a seven-month operation of happy journey subject to Mars Orbiter Incursion on the way to direct entry , descend and safe landing in spite of fierce opposition of a 14-minute terror and thus tends to allow its solar powered rover to move on with the assistance of newly appointed fictitious Sherloc Homes ( mounted on the edge of the robotic arm ) offering official power to investigate into understanding Martian geology and finding out watery base on dry ice surface as discovered by N A S A previously somewhere adjacent to south pole as to search a clue to any abiological process .....
You sure looked awesome going up! Safe travels Perseverance! If you see Lando Calrissian, tell him he still owes me that $50.
Hoooray! Glad to know that your signal is back to track your journey to Mars. Take care and Bon Voyage Perserverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter! from the Philippines 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭
your social media person is awesome and Kudos for the great job!
Bye bye Perseverance 🤗 thank you for taking 10.9 million earthlings with you
Safe travels Perseverance, can't wait to hear all your updates 😊 Oh and please let us know when you see Ziggy Stardust ⭐⭐
Safe journey. Thank you to those creating this wonderful opportunity.
Good job Perseverance! I'm with you all the way.
Safe travels!!!!! Keep us posted on your progress!!! Love the ride, but can't wait to get there!!!
You looked great going up! I know you’ll look awesome going down for landing on Mars!!!! Wishing you the very best!
Perseverance have a safe travel and god bless you to your journey...
Have a safe trip and good luck Percy!
I was so pleased I kept the launch on my diary and even more pleased that I received a link that was counting down to the launch to keep me posted. This was the best thing since watching man walking on the moon when I was in high school.
How long will it take perseverance to reach Mars?
We're rooting for you Perseverance! Enjoy the trip!
Is there a map that I can track the Mars rover journey toward Mars?
Please can perseverance come back to earth or will it remain there forever?
We’re on our way to Mars – me and the almost 11 million names I carry. One home behind us, and a new one ahead. #CountdownToMars
Post-launch Update: go.nasa.gov/338zyMX ...
Love this, watched the flawless launch, well done Perseverance, well done NASA. Will be following the mission closely, can’t wait till February!
Well done..very smooth pandemic launch. Good luck Perseverance keep safe .Im exited and can't wait to see million of names travelling to Mars planet .
we expect all good and safe journey to give us in 6 months some good news.. hope this safe mode isn't worring...stay cool. 🙂
I watched the lift-off from the side of the road parked near Cape Canaveral. Awesome and inspiring. I will be watching when Perserverance touches down, too!
Perseverance Rover truly is a fitting name. It had challenges during the last few months and post launch and in the midst of a pandemic. Have a safe journey and landing!
Love, Love, LOVE this!!!! I am so glad I got to put my name in to go to Mars!!! Yay!!! This is amazing! Thank you for all the hard work, especially with the Pandemic, to make this trip happen! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I look forward to Perseverance's arrival. This is so exciting!!!
That was a historical and beautiful launch to watch! 😍 Will there possibly be live online coverage of the event when you touch down on Mars in February? That would be a truly spectacular sight to witness! 😍😍😍
Still giving me tingles to watch that. What makes it even more special is that my son and I have our names on it. I remember wanting to go to Mars when I grew up. LOL ah well I didn't end up being an astronaut but at least my name is going 🙂
It was worth waking up at 4am for the launch as well as the Perseverance and Ingenuity animations! Until February!
Sure it's good to see...but primitive millions of tons of burning rocket fuel causing major pollution...time to invent newer advanced clean propulsion systems already...its 2020...grow up!!
Awesome launch! Safe trip Perseverance !
Hopefully within my life, there will be the 1st human being to step on Mars.
My name is on that trip to Mars!! <3
I know this kind of program could feed a lot of hungry people in the world but when I see that T- moment my mind fills with joy and pride. We are reaching for the infinity. Good luck, Perseverance.
I am one of the 11 million names on it....safe travels🚀!!
Exciting time in space exploration! Unfortunately a lot of people would miss it because they’re focusing on COVID-19 and politics:(
My boys names are on board, a great idea . X
That was another significant moment in history. Very good luck to the mission and awaiting Feb, 2021.
Wow I didn't realize it would take that long for it to get to Mars. Interesting
Fly swift and true, Perseverance!!💙 My family will be monitoring your journey, eagerly awaiting touchdown.☺
ME!!!! One in 11 million!!! How ‘bout that!! Lol! Yay!! I work in rotary aviation so I can’t wait for the Endurance helicopter to fly in April 2021!!
Launch was good! And ALSO my name is on that trip 🤟 wohoo! I’m going to Mars!! 😍🚀 🇪🇪
When Perseverance will arrive at MARS..
I want to go with your team in mars,,, this is so amazing wonderful trip ever,,,
Your not going anywhere bro. The rocket will end up in the ocean. And they will be broadcasting the 'mars hoax' from northern Canada.
our boys LOVED watching and being apart of this whole mission so far. They've already asked me to put the landing on the calendar 🙂
You are not just mankind's emissary, but also a symbol of the unifying spirit of Science, a source of inspiration and hope for everyone in these trying times! Good luck to your mission Perseverance and Ingenuity! And kudos to all the brilliant and hardworking scientists, engineers, and technicians who made this historic mission a possibility! See you in February! ❤❤❤
Wonderful to watch live from Singapore and also thrilled to see the high definition footage! Can't wait for February when Perseverance shows off what it can do. Finally, congratulations to all the engineers and support staff at NASA and ULA who made this happen!
It was exciting to watch, thanks for the live feed. I got to enjoy all the commentary, launch and post launch activities. So much better than just getting a few seconds coverage from the news program. Sending wishes for safe travels Perseverance from Australia 🇦🇺
"Perseverance of Humanity" why wouldnt we love NASA☺❤
I'm crying! Praying for Perseverance safe land on Mars
wishing you a great journey to Mars
Congratulations on a successful launch!
Happy to be part of this historic event. Bon Voyage Perseverance and Ingenuity! #CountdownToMars 🇵🇭
Safe trip, Perseverance! 😍😍
good luck perseverance !
Phenemonal mission encompassing a team of brilliance to make this possible. Good luck Perseverance! February 2021 is going to be exciting. Cannot wait.
I hope that my name (and millions more) will reach Mars safely. Another giant step. Grtz from The Netherlands👍
This was Boring compared to the Last one Sorry 👎
Loved watching the launch, would have been even better to have been there but well done #NASA for the superb coverage before, on and in all likelihood after
Šťastnou cestu Perseverance a budu držet v únoru pěsti při sestupu na Mars🚀🚀🚀
Beautiful launch! Good luck on your journey Perseverance and Ingenuity, Ad Astra! 🚀😄
Beautiful presentation. Go Nasa, Go JPL, Go Perseverance & Go ULA.
We really enjoyed all of it! Thank you for broadcasting live on YouTube!!
Can’t wait to see footage from the drone flying around Mars!
Lift off is the most exciting time, always!
Go, Perseverance, go! Thumbs up! 🙂
That was amazing! I got my name in for the boarding pass for 2026 mission!
The camera feed froze here so missed the live take off til about a minute in but I saw it on replay later, such a speedy manoeuvre wasn’t it, beautiful
Good luck from Yorkshire 🇬🇧
NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover was live.
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congratulations a big step for humanity Thank you for allowing us to see these advances. god bless us always
Awesome job a dream job for sure with great minds that different from alot of the population
I live in the UK. Fantastic viewing and long may it continue. Many congratulations to everyone at NASA for making it possible. Here's to the landing.
Congratulations on a successful launch! I hope you get all the answers you are looking for
Do we see star from the Mars skyline? NASA🇺🇸🚀 should give as token of honor all participate in this launching shirt from NASA🇺🇸🚀 as life time memory. Thank you God bless all
Congrats to a(nother) giant leap to all involved in this new mission. We are truly happy to have hopped on board of #Perseverance. Cheers from your #FrequentFlyers from Germany. 👨👩👦🇩🇪 Alex & Leo & Eico
Thanks NASA.. Extraterrestrial to me for now until further notice Is Def all Energy that cryptos and Interference with our Energy as in technology and electrical waves we have to force our technology!!!
Why don't y'all feature South Africa's flag, y'all have so many flags hanged besides S.A. Anyway congrats on the launch!!!
Congratulations everyone! I am from South Africa, but I am just as excited about the new rover. I would just like to know what is the point of the microphones on the rover?
Congratulations to this amazing group of dedicated people
Congratulations NASA and ULA! Mabuhay from 🇵🇭
Will you one day retrieve both Opportunity and Spirit to put in a Museum here on Earth or on Mars.
Is there a Pandemic going on in space or with our orbits that we aren't aware of that caused the mission to take action???
Not sure what the atmosphere will drop on Earth and the damage the new planets fumes of gases and comets and energy will do
If possible to say; What are the top 5 things you’d hope to discover on Mars? Like, such as previously unknown elements that could be useful for future engineering/chemistry and so on.. #CountdownToMars
congratulations to nasa scientistic mission 2020
Thank u for the acknowledgement NASA
wish the success of the touchdown confirmed
How long is the distance, and how long will it take to travel the distance to go into orbit around Mars? #CountdownToMars
Please can I get a chat from y'all at NASA I LOVE SPACE VERY ANXIOUS TO HEAR
Congratulations on a successful flight
#CountdownMissionToMars most can't Phathom what space is all about love love love space NASA RULES
One night left, but who can sleep? Tomorrow morning, if all goes well, I’ll be on my way to Mars. T-12 hours to launch. #CountdownToMars
Live launch coverage begins at 4 a.m. PDT/7 a.m. EDT (11:00 UTC): nasa.gov/live ...
This is a beautiful photo of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration . You are my great great role model. I respect you very much. And all the other space agencies. It's amazing what you've accomplished and what you can do. Greetings from Slovakia. And I'm very happy and proud to be able to go with Perseverance. I believe that one day we will walk on Mars. We all have to work and stick together. I am completely happy. Good luck Perseverance happy flight to Mars and I hope to come to Mars someday . Let's do this 🚀🌍🛰️🔴🤖🇺🇸😍🤩🤞🏻👍🏻👋🏻🇸🇰💙🧡.
I’ve been looking forward to this day since I started at JPL a little over five years ago. Great job so far, team, good luck tomorrow!
I am accompanying you all the way to Mars. Yes, you are right; I am not able to sleep. Given below is my boarding pass.
Exciting times!! Got my boarding pass!
Good luck team! I am watching all the way from South Africa.
Can't wait! Keep all of our names safe!! Let's go!! 🤩
My whole house has our boarding passes and will be watching eagerly. My nephews are really looking forward to hearing from Bill Nye, lol.
Bags are packed. Let's do this!!
It's boarding time !!! Perseverance take care of our names !!! 🤩😍🚀
Got my next pass😍👍 6 yrs
We're ready to go for tomorrow!
I’m scheduled for future Mars mission. Will have to wait for 6 years. 😅❤️❤️❤️
See you bright and early in the morning!! Right there with you all the way!!
So small but we all fit! 😁
I'll be watching all the way from Philippines 😘😘Safe travel😍
Clark Chimoy Rafols
Waiting from yesterday wish your great journey perseverance mars mission. Congratulations
Ready to go in a few years !!
A twelve year old's depiction of the Perseverance Rover on its journey to Mars from launch to touchdown
I think we can see you! #CountdownToMars
Setting my alarm to be up to toast it's take off! Excited as a kid waiting for 🎅! Go little buddy go! Smooth journey to you !
So excited !!
So excited!! Godspeed Perseverance & Ingenuity!!! 🌠