21. Preparing Perseverance • Earth.com

Perseverance’s first journey wasn’t actually to Mars. It was aboard a Boeing C-17 transport plane from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After construction in Pasadena, the spacecraft landed at Kennedy in February 2020 for final tests and preparation before its July launch. Here, we see NASA personnel giving the vehicle an initial once-over.

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