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News Archive / Tagged: Mars 2020

  • NASA begins assembly, test, and launch operations for Mars 2020 rover

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 15th, 2018

    NASA has started the assembly, test, and launch operations (ATLO) for its Mars 2020 rover, a key milestone that involves bringing together parts from all over the world.

  • NASA plans ‘souped-up’ rover for Mars 2020 mission

    Jim SharkeyDecember 1st, 2017

    The rover for NASA's Mars 2020 mission bears a strong resemblance to the Curiosity rover currently exploring the surface of Mars. However, it will have a number of improvements and instruments to carry out its search for signs of past microbial life on the Red Planet. A recent NASA press release described the rover as a "souped-up science machine".

  • Study: Exploration of Special Regions needed to find alien life on Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 28th, 2017

    An international team of researchers has conducted a study endorsing the exploration of the so-called Special Regions on Mars. They call for the relaxation of the planetary protection policy in order to allow sending robotic explorers to the restricted areas that could potentially host microbial life.

  • NASA performs first test of Mars 2020 rover supersonic parachute

    Jim SharkeyNovember 16th, 2017

    On October 4, 2017, NASA completed the first supersonic parachute test in preparation for the space agency's Mars 2020 rover mission. A 58-foot (17.7-meter) Black Brandt IX sounding rocket launched the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) payload from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to be equipped with 23 ‘eyes’

    Ocean McIntyreNovember 4th, 2017

    One of the key instruments that has accompanied every rover since Pathfinder became the first rover to land on the surface of Mars in 1997 are imagers – cameras. NASA’s newest rover continues this trend. In addition, it continues the trend of increased visible acuity that accompanies the increased instrument performance and improved technology.

  • SHERLOC could solve the mystery of life on Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 17th, 2017

    Just like Sherlock Holmes solved complicated criminal cases, a scientific instrument named SHERLOC is being prepared to investigate one of the most fundamental mysteries of the Red Planet. The tool will be one of the most important instruments of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, which is slated to study the possibility of past life on Mars.

  • Potential Landing Sites for Mars 2020 Narrowed Down to Three

    Paul KnightlyFebruary 16th, 2017

    The number of potential landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover has been narrowed down to three, from a list of eight, following a conference of scientists last week. The top three landing sites that were selected were in Northeast Syrtis Major, Jezero Crater, and the Columbia Hills in Gusev Crater.

  • MRO data utilized for Mars 2020 landing-site selection

    Paul KnightlyFebruary 11th, 2017

    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is providing the basis for evaluating eight prospective landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

  • Audit of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission warns of potential delays

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 7th, 2017

    In a report issued on Jan. 30, 2017, NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) voiced concerns about issues that could delay the planned July 2020 launch of the space agency's next Mars rover. An optimal 20-day window for a journey from Earth to Mars occurs once every 26 months. Missing the 2020 launch date would result in increased costs while waiting for the next launch opportunity.

  • NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to produce oxygen on the Red Planet

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 19th, 2016

    NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will not only investigate the Red Planet, searching for evidence of past life on Mars, but also it is expected to lay the foundations for future human exploration of the planet. One of the mission’s instruments, called MOXIE, will have a special task – testing technology essential for Mars colonization.

  • ULA’s workhorse Atlas V selected for Mars 2020 mission

    Curt GodwinAugust 26th, 2016

    NASA has again called upon United Launch Alliance (ULA) to provide launch services for a flagship mission to Mars. The agency announced that ULA has been awarded the contract to launch the Mars 2020 rover atop an Atlas V 541 vehicle and is aiming for liftoff in July 2020.

  • NASA’s Mars 2020 rover ready for final design and construction

    Jim SharkeyJuly 24th, 2016

    NASA recently announced that it is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently scheduled to launch in the summer of 2020 and land on Mars in February 2021. The Mars 2020 rover will search for evidence of past life on Mars and collect and cache soil and rock samples for possible return to Earth on a later mission.

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation to build hardware for Mars 2020 rover

    Derek RichardsonMay 2nd, 2016

    Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems division was awarded multiple contracts by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build critical hardware for the next NASA rover to be sent to Mars. This is the 13th time the company will be helping to build hardware for a mission to the Red Planet.

  • Industry input sought for next NASA Mars orbiter

    Laurel KornfeldApril 29th, 2016

    NASA is seeking ideas for a high-tech, state-of-the-art Mars orbiter, which is scheduled to be launched in the early 2020s. This is one of many steps in the agency's long-term goal of putting human astronauts on the Red Planet sometime in the 2030s.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne selected to provide power system and thrusters for 2020 Mars rover

    Jason RhianOctober 21st, 2014

    With NASA preparing to send crews to travel to Mars some time in the 2030s, the space agency is developing mechanical pathfinders which will blaze the trail that their human counterparts will retrace when their time comes to make history. However, getting to the Martian surface – is more difficult than recent missions have made […]