Engineers and technicians are working on the assembly and testing of the Mars 2020 spacecraft. The rocket-powered descent stage apart from the rover. They’ve just accomplished a successful separation test at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The rover, as well as descent stage, will ship to Cape Canaveral, Florida, this winter. Before then, there will be a battery of tests for the Mars 2020 rover, together with an evaluation of its computers and mechanical systems in Mars-like conditions. Known as the Surface Thermal Test, it includes subjecting the car-size Mars vehicle to atmospheric pressures and temperatures, much like those it’s going to encounter on the Red Planet.
JPL is building and managing operations the Mars 2020 rover NASA. The rover will launch at a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in July 2020 from the Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. NASA’s Launch Services Program, primarily based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Heart in Florida, is liable for launch management.
Meanwhile, on Feb. 18, 2021, the rover lands at Jezero Crater, will become the first spacecraft in the history of planetary exploration, including the ability to accurately retarget its point of a touchdown during the landing sequence.
Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon near 2024, NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration plans will build a sustained human presence on the Moon by 2028.