Revolutionary NASA rover launches today – and 10.9 million people are going too

Revolutionary NASA rover launches today – and 10.9 million people are going too
(Image credit: NASA)

NASA's Perseverance rover will be launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to complete the Mars 2020 mission. Perseverance, officially named by a seventh-grader from Virginia in NASA's 'Name the Rover' essay contest, is the most sophisticated rover NASA has ever sent to Mars, featuring a record-breaking 19 cameras.

The Perseverance rover will be searching for ancient life, collecting terrain samples and collecting important data about Mars' geology and climate. The river will be landing in a place with high potential for finding signs of past microbial life – the Jezero Crater, a 28-mile-wide crater that was a possible oasis in its distant past.

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.