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Lift off! Nasa's Perseverance rover heads to Mars

Nasa’s new car-sized robotic spacecraft is on its way to Mars in a mission to search for evidence of ancient life. The Perseverance rover successfully blasted from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday at 12.50pm UK time, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. It is the third mission heading to the Red Planet this month after launches by the UAE and China. Perseverance will now travel 314 million miles over a period of nearly seven months before attempting to land on a 31-mile crater named Jezero.

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