NASA’s Perseverance Rover Mission Getting in Shape for Launch

In this image, taken on April 29, 2020, the underside of the rover is visible, along with the Ingenuity helicopter attached (lower center of the image). The outer ring is the base of the back shell, while the bell-shaped objects covered in red material are covers for engine nozzles on the descent stage. The wheels are covered in a protective material that will be removed before launch. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

(Via NASA)

Engineers working on NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission at Kennedy Space Center in Florida have begun the process of placing the Mars-bound rover and other spacecraft components into the configuration they’ll be in as they ride on top of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Stacking spacecraft components on top of each other is one of the final assembly steps before a mission launches to Mars.

“Attaching the rover to the descent stage is a major milestone for the team because these are the first spacecraft components to come together for launch, and they will be the last to separate when we reach Mars,” said David Gruel, the Perseverance rover assembly, test, and launch operations manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which manages rover operations. “These two assemblies will remain firmly nestled together until they are about 65 feet [20 meters] over the surface of Mars.”

Image of the rocket-powered descent stage sitting on to of NASA’s Perseverance rover was taken in a clean room at Kennedy Space Center on April 29, 2020. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The launch period for the mission opens on July 17, 2020, and runs until August 5. Arrival on Mars is planned for February 18, 2021.

Source/read more at: NASA’s Perseverance Rover Mission Getting in Shape for Launch – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program

4 Comments

  1. Lauri says:

    The sheer amount of “science” involved blows me away!

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    1. Jason Major says:

      Aren’t they amazing??

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  2. gregdougall says:

    Dear NASA,
    We know you can land a rover on Mars.
    Please invent a rover that can fix all the potholes in our roads on Earth.
    Sincerely,
    Tax payer

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    1. Jason Major says:

      That’s a complaint for your state DOT or city’s Public Works department

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