What the new Perseverance rover can tell humans about Mars

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An illustration depicting NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars. Perseverance is expected to land at Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The Perseverance rover is scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday. The rover’s mission is to gather a sample of Mars’ soil, so scientists can begin to figure out whether the planet can sustain life for humans or extraterrestrials.