Perseverance Completes Successful Spacecraft Separation

Just over an hour into its flight, Perseverance is now officially on its way to Mars.

A key milestone — spacecraft separation — has taken place. The official call just came in: “And we have successful separation of Mars 2020 with the Perseverance rover.”

The final planned major event of the day is acquisition of signal, which is expected within the next 30 minutes.