Mission Timeline Summary
The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launched July 30, 2020, at 4:50 a.m. PDT (7:50 a.m. EDT), and lands on Mars February 18, 2021. Surface operations last at least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days).
The phases of the Mars 2020 mission would include:
|Preparation for the mission, including pre-project planning, science definition and instrument selection, landing site selection, assembly and testing, and delivery to Cape Canaveral
|Lift-off from Earth
|Voyage through space to Mars
|Nearing the red planet Mars
|Entry, Descent, and Landing
|Journey through the Martian atmosphere to the surface
|Instrument Checks and First Drive
|After landing when engineers first conduct tests to ensure the rover is in a "safe state"
|Learning about Mars through the day-to-day activities of the rover