The Mars 2020 mission spacecraft that includes the Perseverance rover launched from Space Launch Complex 41 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 7:50 a.m. on 30 July 2020. At the time of this posting it was already over a million miles away from Earth on its way to Mars with approximately 290 million miles more to go. Click to view more photos and info of the Mars 2020 launch.
An Atala butterfly begins to emerge from its chrysalis attached to a leaf of the Coontie plant. The Coontie plant is all things to the Atala. A place to lay its eggs, a grocery store for the caterpillars to consume its leaves, a quiet place to form a chrysalis to carry out metamorphosis. Then a place to return to later in life to lay eggs to start the process all over again.
The Atala caterpillar warns potential predators of its toxicity by its garish red and yellow coloration. The Coontie plant, the Atala’s larval host plant, is toxic but the Atala thrives on its leaves and uses its deadly attributes to its own advantage for survival.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Army/Navy/Air Force Satellite Information System (ANASIS)-II satellite for the South Korean Agency for Defense Development to be used as a communications satellite by the South Korean armed forces. Formerly known as KMilSatCom 1, the satellite lifted off at 5:30 p.m. on 20 July 2020 from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Click for more info and photos of the ANASIS-2 launch.