NASA's Mars 2020 mission conducts flight test for Mars touchdown

26 Mai, 2019, 05:09 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • NASA Invites You to Add Your Name to the Next Mars Mission

To set foot on Mars for the first time will take many years for a humans. NASA's 2020 rover is expected to launch in July 2020 and land on Mars by February 2021.

The rover, a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds, will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet.

The opportunity comes with a souvenir boarding pass coupled with "frequent flyer" points. Mars 2020 Rover Coming Together According to its update, NASA tested the Mars 2020 spacecraft early this month in a chamber with the same configurations that the rover will be in while flying through interplanetary space.

The "robotic scientist", as NASA calls it in the press release, weighs more than 2,300 pounds and is created to dig for evidence of past microbial life and learn more about Mars' climate and geology.

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'As we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration, ' said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. For this, scientists will etch the names by using an electron beam onto silicon beams; the text, however, will be smaller than a thousandth the width of a human hair.

Already 3.3 million people have sent their names to fly aboard Mars 2020, and people from Turkey are leading the tally. On a website of the U.S. space agency NASA you can enter first and last names and then get a kind of virtual "boarding pass". Well, OK, you can't travel to Mars, but your name can, and that's as close as you're ever going to get. Sending names to Mars is a symbolic way to have humanity's presence on the planet and NASA's way to hype up public interest and support to its space missions. The said pass will reflect a trip from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to Mars' Jezero Crater aboard an Atlas V-541 rocket.

"Miles (or kilometers) are awarded for each 'flight, ' with corresponding digital mission patches available for download".

The Mars 2020 Project at JPL manages rover development for SMD.

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