In this image, taken June 5, 2019, NASA engineers
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after
Fixing the remote sensing mast on Mars
Rover 2020 in the high bay clean room 1 from the spacecraft assembly facility. Full
mast integration – a process that includes the installation of science
instrument sensors, electrical wiring and control – continued in the
the following week to end on June 11th.
At the launch of March 2020,
interplanetary cruise, and its rapid and ardent descent to the Martian surface,
the mast will be stored flat on the deck of the rover. Shortly after touchdown, the mast
(which rises to more than 7 feet, or 2.2 meters) will be high to provide a high
for the SuperCam, Mastcam-Z and Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer instruments, as well as four
Navcam technical cameras.
March 2020 will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida in July
from 2020. It will land at the crater of Jezero on February 18, 2021.
a first mission, the mobile carries a system of caching samples that will collect
Samples of rock and soil martians and store them on the surface of the planet for
recovery and return to Earth by subsequent missions. March 2020 will also be
the first spacecraft in the history of planetary exploration with the ability
accurately retarget its landing point during the landing sequence –
technology that could prove essential for future crewed missions on the Moon and
Accused of firing astronauts on the moon by
2024, NASA Artemis lunar exploration plans
establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028. We will use
what we learn on the moon to prepare to send astronauts to Mars.
JPL builds and manages the operations of
the March 2020 rover for the leadership of NASA's scientific mission to the agency
headquarters in Washington.
If you want to send your
name to Mars with NASA's 2020 mission, you can do it until September 30, 2019. Add
Enter your name on the list and get a souvenir boarding card here:
For more information on the mission, go to:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California