KEY POINTS

  • NASA released a trailer for the Mars 2020 mission
  • The trailer focuses on the theme of human perseverance
  • The Mars 2020 mission will launch later this month

NASA has released an inspiring video that teases the agency’s upcoming mission to Mars later this month. The clip focuses on the overall theme of the mission, which is human perseverance.

The Mars 2020 trailer was released by NASA on YouTube on Tuesday. The video, which is over two minutes long, features narration by actress Octavia Spencer, who played renowned mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the film “Hidden Figures.”

Dubbed as “We Persevere,” the video focuses on humanity’s journey to Mars. It features a series of images and clips from NASA’s previous missions to show the accomplishments and hardships experienced by the agency and the country in the field of space exploration.

The upcoming Mars 2020 mission will feature a new rover known as Perseverance. Just like the name of the rover, NASA noted that the entire mission reflects the perseverance of humans.

“Like every exploration mission before, our rover is going to face challenges, and it’s going to make amazing discoveries,” NASA stated in the video’s description. “The time at hand is hard. We have already surmounted many obstacles on our way to Red Planet, but as humans, we will not give up. We will always persevere.”

For the Mars 2020 mission, Perseverance will explore its target landing site, the Jezero crater. The rover will investigate this region to search for signs of life and possible habitable conditions.

The mission is scheduled to launch on July 30. It was originally scheduled to launch at an earlier date. However, the mission was delayed a couple of times due to various technical issues. There’s a chance that the mission might get delayed again since NASA is considering extending the launch window for Mars 2020.

The mission will take off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida through the Atlas V rocket, which was made by spacecraft launch service provider United Launch Alliance.

The Mars 2020 mission is expected to travel several months across space before reaching the Red Planet. According to NASA, the Perseverance rover will most likely land in Jezero crater on Feb. 18, 2021.

Mars Global Surveyor Artist Concept An artist concept of NASA Mars Global Surveyor MGS flying over Mars. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech