Checking an engineer
the completed spacecraft that will take the next Mars rover to NASA at Red
Planets, before a NASA Jet Space Simulator Facility test
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
From the top
down, and suspended by cables, is the complete cruise stage, which is power
and guide the Mars 2020 spacecraft over its seven-month voyage to Red Planet.
Directly below the aeroshell (white back shell and almost visible black
heat shield), which protect the vehicle while on the cruise as well as during its time
fiery landing in the Martian environment. Unseen (because it is full of cocooned
within aeroshell) is the completed stage of rocket-powered and the surrogate rover (a stand-in for real
rover, which is subject to the final meeting at JPL & # 39; s High Bay 1
The Mars 2020 spacecraft
was tested on a 25-foot-wide, 85-foot-tall (8-meter-by-26 meter) chamber at
this same configuration is on while flying through the space between planets.
The 2020 rover carries a completely new suite of instruments,
including a sample-caching system that collects Mars samples to return
on Earth in subsequent missions. The mission will be launched from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July of 2020 and land at Jezero
Crater on February 18, 2021.
The image is
taken on May 9, 2019.
The building of JPL
and manage Mars 2020 rover operations for the NASA Science Mission
Director at the headquarters of the Washington agency.
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