And we have liftoff!

NASA successfully launched the Mars land rover “Perseverance” and helicopter “Ingenuity” atop an Atlas V rocket this morning from Cape Canaveral, FL:

Perseverance, if it lands successfully on the red planet, will search for signs of ancient life:

And here’s a photo of the helicopter:

The duo should land on Mars in February 2021:

You can follow along using the rover’s Twitter account, @NASAPersevere:

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