The Perseverance rover will gain information to help pave the way for future human missions that could put people on the planet for the first time.
â€˜We have a history of doing amazing things in the most challenging times, and this is no different,â€™ NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said, referencing the ongoing pandemic.
Perseverance will reach Mars on February 2021 next year although there is concern that the rover could be destroyed upon landing.
A number of crafts have been destroyed while attempting to land on the Red Planet due to heat or crashing into boulders, cliffs and sand dunes.
â€˜We are working to configure the ground stations to match the strength of the spacecraft signal. This scenario is one weâ€™ve worked through in the past with other missions.â€™