With NASA’s rover on the surface, space watchers will soon turn their eyes back toward China’s Tianwen-1 mission
MOXIE is built to produce oxygen from carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere just like a tree does here on Earth.
The satellite GOES 16 spotted the smoke plume released as the rover launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 30 July.
The Atlas V will leave the Integration Facility a good two days before its scheduled launch on 30 July.
The rover is a robotic scientist will look for signs of past microbial life and collect samples for a future return to Earth.