Nasa launches Mars mission in search of evidence of ancient life

Perseverance rover will also trial technologies for future expeditions including oxygen production

Nasa’s new car-sized robotic spacecraft is on its way to Mars in a mission to search for evidence of ancient life.

The Perseverance rover successfully blasted off from the Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida on Thursday at 12.50pm UK time, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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