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NASA'S Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch​

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History was made this morning, as NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover launched into space to look for signs of life. While the launch took place more than 2,000 miles away, the rover has strong ties to Idaho, particularly Idaho National Laboratory. Our INL team assembled, tested and delivered to Kennedy Space Center the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) that will power Perseverance’s movement and instruments and help keep it warm while exploring the chilly Red Planet. Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021, following a seven-month journey.

NASA says besides finding signs of life, the mission provides opportunities to learn and demonstrate technologies that address the challenges of future human expeditions to Mars.

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Jeff Pinkham

Phone: (208) 533-7404

Idaho National Laboratory