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In photos: NASA's Mars Perseverance rover mission to the Red Planet

NASA's Mars 2020 mission, including the Perseverance rover (opens in new tab) and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (opens in new tab), launched to space on July 30, 2020 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. After traveling nearly 300 million miles, Perseverance landed inside Mars' 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. It will spend roughly the next two years searching for signs of past microbial life and possible habitable environments, while also collecting samples that can be returned to Earth by a future mission campaign. 

See images of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover mission, including the spacecraft's components, assembly, and historic landing sequence, in this Space.com gallery.

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission: Live updates (opens in new tab)

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Samantha Mathewson joined Space.com as an intern in the summer of 2016. She received a B.A. in Journalism and Environmental Science at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut. Previously, her work has been published in Nature World News. When not writing or reading about science, Samantha enjoys traveling to new places and taking photos! You can follow her on Twitter @Sam_Ashley13.