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News Archive / Tagged: Mars 2020

  • Installation of MEDLI2 on Mars 2020 entry vehicle begins

    Jim SharkeyAugust 5th, 2019

    Entry, landing and decent (EDL) is one of the most challenging phases of any Mars mission. Engineers recently began installing hardware on the entry vehicle of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission that will help increase the safety of future missions to the Red Planet.

  • I have the power! Mars 2020 rover completes critical milestone

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 29th, 2019

    With just one year to go before the Mars 2020 rover's scheduled launch, work is commencing on the Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG) that will serve as the rover's power source.

  • Mars 2020 rover makes ‘pit stop’ at JPL

    Jim SharkeyJuly 19th, 2019

    The launch window for NASA's Mars 2020 rover opens in just under a year, and engineers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have been hard at work assembling the vehicle in the clean room of JPL's Spacecraft Assembly Facility. As one might imagine getting a vehicle prepped for such a massive undertaking - is a group effort.

  • Mars 2020 rover get rock-zapping SuperCam

    Jim SharkeyJuly 4th, 2019

    With its scheduled launch date just over a year away, work on NASA's Mars 2020 rover continues apace. In recent weeks, the rover has received MastCam-Z, its legs and wheels and its main robotic arm. and now one of the "big guns" of its scientific suite has been added to the rover.

  • NASA’s 2020 Mars rover gets 7-foot-long robot arm

    Jim SharkeyJuly 1st, 2019

    Engineers working in High Bay clean room 1 of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) recently added a vital component to the space agency's Mars 2020 rover. On June 21, the team installed the rover's main robotic arm.

  • NASA’s Mars 2020 rover gets its legs and wheels

    Jim SharkeyJune 26th, 2019

    In early June, a public webcam was installed in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and lately there has been a lot of activity to watch.  In recent weeks, engineers have been busy assembling the Mars 2020 rover in preparation for its scheduled launch in July 2020. On June 13, 2019, the team installed one of the rover's most critical pieces of hardware.

  • Next NASA Mars mission to serve as pathfinder for astronauts

    Cullen DesforgesJune 17th, 2019

    It’s no secret that sending the first astronauts to Mars will be a monumental challenge marked with many “firsts.” Given that NASA hasn't launched a manned mission beyond low-Earth orbit in 47 years - crews will need a guide to show them the way. Enter the next rover the U.S. space agency plans to send to the Red Planet.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.