By Billy Reuther, Space Enthusiast
Today, July 30, 2020, NASA is all set to launch its new Mars rover, christened Perseverance, and Ingenuity, the robotic helicopter, to the red planet, to search for past microbial life, examine the Martian climate, and the geology of a crater called the Jezero crater, where the rover will land. If all goes according to schedule, Perseverance will land on Mars on February 18, 2021, after nearly 6 and a half months of travel time. Shortly after the landing of Perseverance, the robot helicopter will be deployed, becoming the first aircraft to fly over a planet other than our own. As the Atlas Ⅴ containing Perseverance stands tall at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, engineers are checking on the spacecraft constantly, weathermen are checking for the slightest possiblity of turbulence in the air, meechanics checking on all the nuts and bolts and scientist revising their equations and formulas.