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NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is set for a 7:50 a.m. EDT launch on Thursday, July 30, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Viewers will be able to tune in at 7 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, and Theta.TV to witness the event. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The 2,299-pound Perseverance is NASA’s latest Mars rover and designed to search for astrobiological evidence of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet. Following a seven-month journey, it’s set to land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. After arriving, the rover will gather rock and soil samples for future return to Earth as well as characterize the planet’s climate and geology to pave the way for human exploration. It’s also transporting the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, a technology demonstration that marks the first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet.
- Build a large multi-stage rocket and opening launch control tower with interactive play experience, plus a monorail system to transport astronauts from the tower to the training grounds and rocket!
- Includes 6 LEGO City minifigures: 2 astronauts, 2 scientists, Launch Director, ground crew technician and a robot figure, plus a space telescope, rover with articulated arm and a launchpad
- Rocket standing measures over 16-inch (42cm) high, 4-inch (11cm) wide and 2-inch (6cm) deep Launch Control closed measures over 7-inch (18cm) high, 5-inch (13cm) wide and 5-inch (13cm) deep Launchpad with closed tower arms measures over 9-inch (24cm) high, 4-inch (12cm) wide and 4-inch (12cm) deep Monorail track measures over 3-inch (8cm) high,14-inch (36cm) long and 18-inch (47cm) wide
- 837 pieces – Inspired by NASA astronaut toy for boys and girls aged 7+ and for fans and kids of all ages
- This LEGO City Deep Space Rocket and Launch Control 60228 NASA-inspired gift set makes a great gift for kids and can be built together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO bricks for more creative play
More than 112,000 people registered to be our virtual guests for NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight launch in May, which was the first time the agency had offered this type of launch experience to the public. For our Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launch, we hope even more people will join us as we #CountdownToMars!,” said NASA Associate Administrator for Communications Bettina Inclán.