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Photos: Mars rover encapsulated for launch, mated with Atlas 5 rocket

28 days ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

NASA's Perseverance rover, contained inside its aeroshell for a searing plunge into the Martian atmosphere next year, has been cocooned inside the payload shroud of its Atlas 5 launcher and mated with the rocket ahead of liftoff from Cape Canaveral scheduled for July 30.
The six-wheeled robot is NASA's next Mars rover. It's similar in size and appearance to NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2012. But Perseverance carries a different set of scientific instruments, featuring upgrades such as microphones, a zoom-capable camera, and a technology experiment to...
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