CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is upping the ante with its newest rover headed to Mars.
Set to rocket away this week from Florida, the spacecraft named Perseverance is NASA's brawniest and brainiest Martian rover yet.
It sports the latest landing tech, plus the most cameras and microphones ever assembled to capture the sights and sounds of Mars.
With eight successful Mars landings, NASA is shooting for its riskiest touchdown site by far, an ancient river delta full of boulders and cliffs that may harbor signs of ancient life.
It's the third and final mission to Mars this summer, after the United Arab Emirates and China.
NASA says the mission will launch at 7:50 a.m. EDT on Thursday.