Perseverance

Mars 2020: Remarkable maps are guiding the mission

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Perseverance, NASA's newest Red Planet rover, was launched into space on Thursday.

It is now on a seven-month journey to Mars.

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The plan is this: Perseverance will land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.

Then it will collect samples to send back to Earth — and hunt for signs of ancient life.