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News Archive / Tagged: Mars 2020

  • Mars 2020 spacecraft tested for flight, rover gets cameras

    Joe LatrellJune 13th, 2019

    Leading up to a planned July 2020 launch date, NASA’s latest mission to Mars is currently undergoing testing. Both the spacecraft and its rover payload have been tested and have been equipped with new equipment in preparation for flight.

  • Video: SpaceFlight Insider’s Space Bulletin for May 25, 2019

    Derek RichardsonMay 25th, 2019

    This week, SpaceX launched its first Starlink internet satellites and NASA awarded a contract to build the first piece of the agency’s Lunar Gateway.

  • Want to send you name to Mars? Now’s your chance

    Jason RhianMay 22nd, 2019

    NASA is inviting individuals to submit their names to be etched onto a chip that will fly aboard its next Mars rover, slated to launch in 2020.

  • Mars 2020 rover closer to mobility

    Lloyd CampbellMay 17th, 2019

    NASA's Mars 2020 rover is continuing to take shape. Engineers recently installed a controller assembly to be used to properly move and steer spacecraft.

  • NASA’s Mars Helicopter completes flight testing

    Jim SharkeyMarch 31st, 2019

    While multiple space agencies have landed spacecraft on other celestial bodies, none have flown in the skies above those worlds—but that may soon change.

  • Mars 2020 Rover tests proceeding

    Lloyd CampbellMarch 29th, 2019

    Testing of the Mars 2020 Rover's systems and software is already taking place in preparation for a launch to the Red Planet in the summer of 2020.

  • MAVEN spacecraft to be moved to a lower Mars orbit

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 14th, 2019

    NASA's MAVEN orbiter is being prepared to act as a communications relay with the Mars 2020 rover, which is set to launch in 2020 and land in February 2021.

  • NASA chooses Jezero Crater as landing site for Mars 2020 rover

    Jim SharkeyNovember 21st, 2018

    Selecting a landing site is a crucial step in Mars mission planning as the scientific value of an area must be weighed against any potential hazards.

  • Final ASPIRE test certifies Mars 2020 parachute

    Heather SmithNovember 6th, 2018

    NASA's Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to exploring the dusty plains of the Red Planet. A recent test has not only demonstrated the viability of a key system - it has also made history.

  • NASA Ames hosts event focusing on research and innovations

    Jim SharkeyJuly 20th, 2018

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA's Ames Research Center recently hosted a public event, titled "Silicon Valley Innovations: From the Earth to the moon and Mars," that focused on the center's research contributions to the space agency's exploration missions.

  • Fly the (red) skies: Helicopter to fly on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission

    Jim SharkeyMay 16th, 2018

    In over five decades of robotic exploration, NASA has sent  orbiters, landers, rovers and even Cubesats to Mars. The space agency announced on Friday, May 11, 2018 that their next robotic mission to the Red Planet will carry a helicopter. The Mars Helicopter, a small autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, […]

  • 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.