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The Mars rover is planning to launch in July 2020. But, earlier this month, engineers put the Mars 2020 rover’s fully assembled spacecraft through some tests at the Space Simulator Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
According to space.com “the spacecraft consists of the cruise stage, which will propel the rover on its seven-month trip through interplanetary space; the aeroshell, which will protect Mars 2020 during its dramatic dive through the Red Planet’s atmosphere; and the “sky crane” descent stage, which will lower the rover onto the Martian surface on cables”.
As NASA officials mention the tests were performed with a stand-in rover, because JPL engineers are still putting the real vehicle together.
[The new rover is scheduled to launch in July 2020 and touch down in February 2021. Mars 2020 will explore the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater, which harbored a river delta long ago. The six-wheeled robot will perform a variety of other science work as well, and it will collect and cache samples for eventual return to Earth (though a sample-returning mission is not yet on NASA’s books)], writes space.com.
As previously mentioned NASA invites public to submit names to fly Mars. This is a big opportunity to send your names to the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars rover 2020.
The rover, a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds (1,000 kilograms), will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.
Source: Text; space.com
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