Mars mission: NASA Perseverance blasts off for red planet

NASA is starting its next mission to Mars.

The Perseverance rover is beginning its journey to the red planet.

The launch is scheduled for 7:50 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida. If it misses its scheduled time, the rover has the ability to launch within a two- hour window Thursday, or if needed, at various times over the next two weeks, CNN reported.

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The rover will travel to Mars onboard an Atlas V rocket and will land at the Jezero Crater, NASA officials said. The crater is made up of dry river channels and a dried-up lake.