NASA Successfully Tests Rover Sky For Mars 2020 Mission

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NASA Mars 2020 rover mission has succeeded in testing the Rover Sky Crane landing. The rover is a six-wheeled robot and was tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on September 28. The test involved landing the Rover on Mars' rough terrain and marks as a landmark for NASA.

NASA Successfully Tests Rover Sky For Mars 2020

 

The Mars 2020 rover mission test involved a crane to lift the massive, powerful decent stage away from the rover. Explaining the process of the test, Ryan van Schilifgaarde, a support engineer for Mars 2020 assembly at JPL, said in a statement from NASA: "Firing the pyrotechnic devices that held the rover and descent stage together and then doing the post-test inspection of the two vehicles was an all-day affair."

NASA Tests Mars 2020

NASA's Mars 2020 mission is largely based on the rover named Curiosity, which has already been exploring the Gale Crater on Mars from August 2012. Like the Curiosity Rover, the Mars 2020 will be soft landing on the Red Planet on cables by a rocket-powered sky crane. The rocket will then land a safe distance away.

The NASA Mars rover mission will likely take off on July 2020 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The spacecraft is scheduled to land on Jezero Crater on February 2021 and will begin the search for signs of habitable environments. And as the rover continues its expedition, it'll also search for evidence of past microbial life. The Mars 2020 rover will likely get a new name before it takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA Mars 2020 Rover Exploration

The Mars 2020 rover is developed with the capability to explore the target landscape accurately, a first in the history of mankind's planetary exploration. The Mars 2020 will have the ability to retarget it a point of touchdown during a landing sequence with a high level of accuracy, NASA says.

 

NASA will continue testing the rover under Mars-like conditions. Tests like the Surface Thermal Test will simulate the atmospheric temperatures and pressures the rover will encounter on Mars. "With this test behind us, the rover and descent stage go their separate ways for a while. Next time they are attached will be at the Cape next spring during final assembly," said van Schilifgaarde in a statement.

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