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Speeded up 28 times, this time-lapse shows NASA's Mars 2020 rover on a spin table at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Aug. 29, 2019. Engineers were looking to establish the rover's center of gravity, or the point at which weight is evenly dispersed on all sides. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA’s Mars 2020 Comes Full Circle

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Engineers took NASA’s Mars 2020 for a spin on Aug. 29, 2019. The 2,300-pound (1,040-kilogram) Martian vehicle was…
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Attached to Mars 2020 Rover

August 29, 2019

Engineers attached NASA’s Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft to fly on another planet, to the…
Robotic Toolkit Added to NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover

August 16, 2019

The bit carousel — a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual…
NASA ‘Optometrists’ Verify Mars 2020 Rover’s 20/20 Vision

August 6, 2019

Equipped with visionary science instruments, the Mars 2020 rover underwent an “eye” exam after several cameras were installed…
MEDLI2 Installation on Mars 2020 Aeroshell Begins

August 5, 2019

Hardware installed onto NASA’s Mars 2020 entry vehicle this week will help to increase the safety of future…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Does Biceps Curls

July 27, 2019

The robotic arm on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover does not have deltoids, triceps or biceps, but it can…
Fueling of NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Power System Begins

July 25, 2019

NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, has given the go-ahead to begin fueling the…
Mars 2020 Rover: T-Minus One Year and Counting

July 18, 2019

The launch period for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover opens exactly one year from today, July 17, 2020, and…
Mars 2020 Rover Gets a Super Instrument

July 4, 2019

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have installed the SuperCam Mast Unit onto the Mars 2020 rover.…
NASA-Johnson-Built Device to Help Mars 2020 Rover Search for Signs of Life

June 13, 2019

Next summer, NASA is launching the Mars 2020 robotic rover to the Red Planet, loaded with equipment to…
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Testing Enters Final Phase

June 7, 2019

NASA’s Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021,…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Gets HD Eyes

June 1, 2019

One of the first operations the Mars 2020 rover will perform after touching down on the Red Planet’s…
Don’t Forget, Curiosity’s Sister Rover is Flying to Mars in 2020

May 22, 2019

Next summer, NASA will be sending it’s Mars 2020 rover to the Red Planet. In addition to being…
Mars 2020 Is Coming Together

May 18, 2019

An engineer inspects the completed spacecraft that will carry NASA’s next Mars rover to the Red Planet, prior…
Things Are Stacking up for NASA’s Mars 2020 Spacecraft

April 19, 2019

For the past few months, the clean room floor in High Bay 1 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory…
NASA’s Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests

March 30, 2019

Since the Wright brothers first took to the skies of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Dec. 17, 1903,…
Lab Helps Scientists See Themselves on Mars

December 20, 2018

In November, NASA announced that the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission will be sent to Jezero Crater, a…
Decided: Mars 2020 Rover Will Land in Jezero Crater

November 22, 2018

Jezero crater is the landing spot for NASA’s upcoming 2020 rover. The crater is a rich geological site,…
NASA’s InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still

October 25, 2018

You don’t need wheels to explore Mars. After touching down in November, NASA’s InSight spacecraft will spread its…
Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover

October 16, 2018

Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later…
Painting Cars for Mars

October 10, 2018

When John Campanella’s friend wanted his beloved Ferrari painted, he knew exactly who to call. After all, Campanella…
NASA Report Outlines How it Will Go Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond in a Sustainable Way

September 29, 2018

In the coming decades, NASA intends to mount some bold missions to space. In addition to some key…
NASA is Sending a Helicopter to Mars as Part of the 2020 Rover

May 13, 2018

At present, there are over a dozen robotic missions exploring the atmosphere and surface of Mars. These include,…
Next NASA Mars Rover Reaches Key Manufacturing Milestone

March 14, 2018

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development, on…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test

November 16, 2017

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover…
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

November 1, 2017

When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped…
NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies

March 24, 2017

NASA has selected 10 studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program to develop mission…
One Role of Mars Orbiter: Check Possible Landing Sites

February 10, 2017

At an international workshop this week about where NASA’s next Mars rover should land, most of the information…
Fresh Eyes on Mars: Mars 2020 Lander Vision System Tested through NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program

October 5, 2016

NASA tested new “eyes” for its next Mars rover mission on a rocket built by Masten Space Systems…
NASA’s Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch

July 17, 2016

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final…
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