IAM members have played an essential role in Mars exploration missions for over two decades. The latest mission of the long-awaited landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover is no different. IAM members helped launch the Perseverance rover on the IAM-built United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, on July 30, 2020.
According to NASA, the exploration mission’s purpose is to seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth. This historic landing will be one of the most difficult Mars landings attempted.
The Perseverance rover will spend at least two Earth years (equivalent to one Mars year) exploring the Red Planet.
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