Perseverance is ready to travel to Mars! Are You?

Surface of Mars

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The space industry has been a pillar of our economy and tourism for decades, and with every milestone mission we see an influx of visitors. Due to COVID-19’s impact on our communities, it’s imperative to be informed and use caution should you decide to travel to the Space Coast to view this historic launch to Mars.

*Disclaimer: All launches are subject to cancellation, or "scrub," at any time, for any reason. 

At this time, the launch of Perseverance is scheduled to lift off July 30, 2020. The first launch opportunity begins at 7:50 am, and the launch period is open through August 15. Check out the projected daily launch windows for the duration of the launch period.  

Live Streaming Options

Skip the traffic and crowds by streaming the launch of the Perseverance Rover. 

  • Download the Launch Console App on Google Play or Apple App Store for accurate and up-to-date push notifications, a real-time, up-to-the-second countdown clock, a live video feed, and a compass to point where to view in the sky.
  • Check out Space Coast Launches for a live feed from NASA and United Launch Alliance the day of the launch. 
  • Watch the NASA Live for direct live streaming from NASA the day of the launch.

Viewing Locations

If you’re making your way to the Space Coast to experience the United State’s latest voyage to Mars there are some very important factors to consider.

Parking on the sides of highways and on causeways is extremely dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Beachside Viewing

Heading to the beach is a great way to maintain social distance and enjoy the outdoors during the launch; however, parking spots on popular beach access points fill up quickly. Plan to be here early to secure your spot in the lot and on the sand. Remember groups no larger than 50 people may congregate in one area, these groups MUST be 6 feet apart from one another in all directions. 

  • The Canaveral National Seashore, including Playalinda Beach, is operating at a limited capacity at this time. Long wait times have been reported to gain access to these beaches. Please see their Press Release for more information. 
  • It is Sea Turtle Nesting Season! Beach visitors must leave the beach clean and flat (fill in any holes and break down sand castles), and bring their trash home with them. Fines will be enforced.
Jetty Park 

Jetty Park is open in a limited capacity.  Access for annual pass holders and daily pass purchases will be granted until the park is at 50% capacity. Please see their Press Release for more information. 

Park Viewing 

There are several parks throughout the Space Coast perfect for launch viewing. Plan to arrive early as parking spaces are limited.

Viewing By Boat

Viewing rocket launches from a boat on the Indian River Lagoon or Atlantic Ocean is a fun and unique way to witness history. 

Mariners and pilots can learn about launch hazard areas and restrictions by calling (800) 470-7232. The United States Coast Guard broadcasts this information on Marine Band Channel 16.

Check boat ramp access status by searching for Brevard County, FL US with the FWC Boat Ramp Status App.  It's extremely important to become familiar with and adhere to the Boater Safety and Security Zones in place by the Coast Guard. More information including a map of Security Zones will be updated as it becomes available.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has reopened with new safety guidelines. Check their website to reserve your tickets for launch day and to review safety procedures.  

Launch Viewing Location Map

Check out this map of our favorite spots to watch a rocket launch on the Space Coast. Please keep in mind the considerations noted above when choosing your ideal launch viewing location. 

Audio-only launch coverage

Audio only of launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing (321) 867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on (321) 867-7135. Launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County.

Traffic Considerations

Historic spaceflight has always drawn large crowds to the Space Coast. Our county works hard to direct the flow of traffic. If you choose to visit the Space Coast to witness the launch of the Mars 2020 Rover, Perseverance, expect traffic and considerable delays. Make sure that you have all the essential items you need for an extended trip including important medication, water, food, and gasoline.

  • Consider using public transportation to lessen traffic. Check 321transit.com for schedules. 
Updated Traffic Flow Map to Come

Sign Up For Traffic and Emergency Alerts

Stay up to date with traffic and launch conditions by texting BrevardEOC to 888-777 for SMS alerts. You can also connect with Brevard County Emergency Management's social media for important notifications on your preferred social platform. 

Planning Your Trip

There's many ways you can enjoy your trip to the Space Coast to see the Mars 2020 Rover, Perseverance launch. Check out these great activities for your family to reconnect away from crowds and experience a great summer getaway before and after the launch. 

Our Visitor Update page contains  further information regarding restaurants and city-specific guidelines so you can make the most informed decisions for your family when you choose to travel to the Space Coast. 

Hotels

Beachfront hotels are an ideal viewing area for any launch. These extended stay accommodations are great for people who like to plan ahead. They ensure you will have a front-row seat to beach viewing access, a private bathroom and a place to enjoy some of the great takeout options the Space Coast has to offer. Find and book a room here. 

    More Information About This Historic Flight

    Disclaimer: We are doing our best to keep this information up-to-date and accurate. At the time of publication this information is factual. Please understand that details are subject to change at any time.