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News Archive / Tagged: Mars 2020

  • Engineers detail plans for Ingenuity Mars helicopter’s first flight

    Michael McCabeMarch 24th, 2021

    Now that NASA’s Perseverance rover is safely on Mars, all eyes are shifting toward the deployment of a small technology demonstration, a drone-like helicopter called Ingenuity.

  • Perseverance rover begins driving across the surface of Mars

    Cullen DesforgesMarch 13th, 2021

    In the weeks since Perseverance landed on Mars, the images, science and sounds that have come from the mission have proven to be groundbreaking.

  • Perseverance rover transmits ‘iconic’ video from Mars

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 22nd, 2021

    NASA has released never-before-seen video from Mars — the highly-anticipated views of the Perseverance rover from multiple entry, descent and landing cameras.

  • Touchdown confirmed!: Perseverance rover lands on Mars

    Cullen DesforgesFebruary 18th, 2021

    After a long flight originating in Florida, Mars has gained another robot resident with NASA's Perseverance rover successfully landing in Jezero crater.

  • Perseverance rover launches on its journey to explore Mars

    Matt HaskellJuly 30th, 2020

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – At 7:50 a.m. EDT, the ULA Atlas V rocket lifted off on its journey to Mars with NASA’s Perseverance rover, and Ingenuity helicopter.

  • NASA, ULA on the eve of launch of Perseverance Mars rover

    Matt HaskellJuly 29th, 2020

    Years of hard work and preparation have culminated in NASA’s newest Mars rover, Perseverance, sitting  atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, set to leave Earth as early as 7:50 a.m. EDT (11:50 UTC) Thursday morning.

  • Mars 2020 Flight Readiness Review complete, Launch Readiness Review tomorrow

    Theresa CrossJuly 26th, 2020

    Preparations continue at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for the upcoming Mars 2020 launch, currently scheduled to liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Most recently completed was the Flight Readiness Review, the critical review step which confirmed the readiness of the equipment, teams and resources required […]

  • Curiosity mission team operates rover from home

    Jim SharkeyMay 13th, 2020

    While the majority of scientists and engineers who work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California are currently off-site, that doesn’t mean that their work supporting interplanetary missions has ground to a halt.

  • What’s in a name? Mars 2020 wouldn’t know, it doesn’t have one – yet

    James RiceDecember 30th, 2019

    NASA's Mars 2020 rover is on the verge of traveling to the Red Planet and beginning its search for evidence of Martian life. But it's missing something very important.

  • NASA Mars 2020 rover passes driving test

    Jim SharkeyDecember 27th, 2019

    Remember how stressful it was taking your first driver's test? Now imagine driving a car that's worth $2.5 billion.

  • Mars 2020 rover’s protective cover arrives at KSC

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 13th, 2019

    Space is a pretty wicked place. Fortunately for the Mars 2020 rover, NASA has the robot detective covered.

  • 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.