NASA has launched its Perseverance rover to Mars that will release a small helicopter called Ingenuity on reaching its surface.
NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover was launched successfully on July 30, 2020, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Perseverance rover's astrobiology mission is to seek out signs of past microscopic life on Mars. The sophisticated rover was launched with an Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, and its goal is a pure flight test that carries no science instruments.
It will take seven-month to reach the Red Planet, landing there on February 18, 2021.