NASA's newest Mars rover has just left the nest.
The Mars 2020 rover (opens in new tab), which is scheduled to launch to the Red Planet in July, arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday (Feb. 12), after completing a 2,300-mile (3,700 kilometers) journey from the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (opens in new tab) in Pasadena, California, where it was built.
"Our rover has left the only home it has ever known," John McNamee, NASA's Mars 2020 project manager, said in a statement (opens in new tab). "The 2020 family here at JPL is a little sad to see it go, but we're even more proud knowing that the next time our rover takes to the skies, it will be headed to Mars."
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Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo planes delivered the rover to Kennedy Space Center (opens in new tab), along with the spacecraft's cruise stage, descent stage and Mars Helicopter (opens in new tab), a drone that will hitch a ride to the Red Planet on the Mars 2020 rover.
It will undergo final launch preparations there for the next few months before heading over to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41, where it will launch on an Atlas V rocket (opens in new tab) on July 17.
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