NASA Mars mission in 2020 is a big deal. After Opportunity's death a few months ago, NASA has only one rover on the red planet and Curiosity is not exactly a spring chicken. The two-year Curiosity mission has long since failed and the rover has spent nearly 2 500 days on Mars since landing in 2012.
Now, with the excitement of Mars 2020's mission at its peak, NASA is offering us all a seat inside his jet propulsion laboratory where the rover slowly takes shape. A recently installed webcam provides insight for hard-working scientists to test and assemble all the important parts that will drive the new rover.
The camera is installed in the clean room of the jet propulsion laboratory, where the engineers dress. white suits add to the rover and ensure that its various components are in good working order before its eventual launch.
NASA describes the flow as follows:
Affectionately "Seeing 2020", the webcam provides the video stream (without audio) from a viewing gallery located above the floor of the clean room. You can also watch and participate in live webcasts with members of JPL's social media team and the Mars 2020 team, who answer questions from the audience about the mission. These "Seeing 2020" webcasts will take place from Monday to Thursday. to 11h and 16h TAP (14h00 and 19h00 HAE), with moderate additional discussions when special activities (such as driving tests) occur.
NASA is currently considering launching the Mars 2020 mission as of 17 July 2020 or immediately thereafter. In fact, it will never arrive on Mars before 2021 and, according to the current schedule, it should arrive there the 18 February this year.
The mission has a number of scientific objectives, but perhaps the most exciting is the rover plan to collect and store samples of the Martian surface in secure containers that will be retrieved by a later mission and then returned to Earth where impatient scientists wait to study them.
This article appeared first (in English) on BGR