An Atlas 5 rocket carrying NASA's Perseverance rover blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a seven-month journey to Mars. Watch CBSN's live coverage of the launch.
"When you look at the team that put this robot together, and the team that put this launch vehicle together, that's what they've done. They've persevered." Go behind the scenes of our Perseverance Mars rover's July 30, 2020 launch with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. On Feb. 18, 2021, the rover will land in Jezero Crater, Mars, where it will search for signs of ancient life. Let's do this, OSIRIS-REx! Time to journey #ToBennuAndBack. Tune in to our live broadcast as our spacecraft descends to the surface of asteroid Bennu, touches down for a few seconds & attempts to capture regolith (rocks and dust) using a "Touch-And-Go," or TAG, maneuver. The spacecraft must target Bennu's rocky surface with great accuracy, touching down within a rocky area just 52 ft (16 m) in diameter. During the maneuver, the spacecraft and the asteroid will be approximately 207 million miles (334 million km) from Earth.
Live coverage from Lockheed Martin's facility in Denver, Colorado, with mission managers from the University of Arizona, Lockheed Martin, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center begins at 5 p.m. EDT.
The spacecraft is scheduled to depart Bennu in 2021, and to deliver the collected sample to Earth on Sep. 24, 2023. It will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth, and the largest sample returned from space since the Apollo era. NASA announced a new initiative, which aims to give the agency a better understanding of outer space. One America's Lilia Fifield spoke with NASA's deputy administrator, Jim Morhard, to learn more about the project. Northrop Grumman successfully launched four tons of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station, including a female-friendly $23 million space toilet, on Friday night. The first attempt to launch the Cygnus space station cargo ship atop an Antares rocket Thursday evening was aborted minutes before liftoff. Watch the launch here.