- Archived Page (Mars 2020 Perseverance successfully launched on July 30, 2020)

Mission team members cheer the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory rover in 2011.

Watch in Person

The Perseverance rover is now at its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch is planned for July 30, at 7:50 a.m. EDT.  Check the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for hours and/or any restrictions.  If you plan to attend in person, consider making refundable travel reservations. 

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover will begin its journey to Mars on an Atlas V rocket on launch pad 41 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

The first launch opportunity begins at
4:50 a.m. PDT/ 7:50 a.m. EDT on July 30
The launch period is July 30 through Aug. 15
Daily launch window times ›

The public may choose watch the launch online or in person from nearby viewing locations listed below.

Primary Launch Viewing Locations
(Subject to any local restrictions on public gatherings)

  • Marina Park 501 Marina Road, Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Sand Point Park 101 N. Washington Ave, Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Space View Park 8 Broad Street, Titusville (parking nearby)
  • Manzo Park 3335 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Rotary Riverfront Park 4141 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Kennedy Point Park 4915 S. Washington Ave (US 1), Titusville (restrooms, parking)
  • Westbound SR 528 Causeway over the Banana River Park (well off the right-of-way, near the water)
  • Jetty Park East end of Port Canaveral off George King Blvd. (restrooms, parking)
  • Cocoa Beach Pier 401 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)
  • Alan Shepard Park East end of SR 520, Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)
  • Fischer Park East side of SR A1A, 1/2 mile south of SR 520, Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)
  • Lori Wilson Park 1500 N. Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach (restrooms, parking)

*Note: Mariners and pilots can learn about launch hazard areas and restrictions by calling (800) 470-7232. The United States Coast Guard broadcasts this information on Marine Band Channel 16.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex , operated for NASA by Delaware North, is entirely visitor-funded, and has information about launch viewing opportunities. The KSC Visitor Complex offers the closest viewing of launches, as well as launch commentary, bleacher seating and access to exhibits and attractions. Launch viewing tickets may be available for some — but not all — launches, depending on date and time of the launch. Contact Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at (855) 433-4210 for more information.

Audio only of launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing (321) 867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on (321) 867-7135. Launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County.

Safe Viewing Tips

Mars 2020 is scheduled to launch early morning in July. Some tips below to help you have a good experience.

  • Plan accordingly to deal with increased traffic flow
  • Do not pull off alongside the road
  • Be mindful of wildlife and traffic when exiting and returning to your vehicle
  • Obey all speed limits, traffic signals and road signs
  • Follow directions from security, police and/or emergency personnel
  • Pack drinks to stay hydrated and snacks (launch windows can be long)
  • Wear proper clothes for the weather (it can change quickly in the Sunshine State)
  • Bring a flashlight or headlamp for evening and early morning launches

Military personnel may be stationed around and near the base. It is important to follow their guidance and instructions and obey all road and parking rules.

Stay Connected for Updates

Check the Mars 2020 mission website and social media channels to get the latest updates on launch. Note that schedules and launch times may shift frequently based on weather or launch-related changes.

Launch Viewing Locations

Primary Launch Viewing Locations ›

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex ›

Safe Viewing Tips ›

Stay Connected for Updates ›