New planetary prowler – the NASA Mars 2020 rover – scouring the Red Planet for select samples for eventual return to Earth.
Credit: NASA/JPL

 

 

NASA’s next Mars rover is being readied for the Red Planet. To be launched in July/August 2020 and slated for arrival in February 2021, it is the most complex piece of machinery ever plopped down on that distant world.

Once on the planet, the nuclear-powered Mars 2020 rover has unusual duties compared to predecessor robots. To achieve a checklist of jobs it is imbued with far more software smarts to land upon and traverse across Mars while rapidly carrying out an agenda of scientific tasks.

 

Next gen rover

Once again, stand by for another 7 minutes of terror as the Mars 2020 rover is lowered onto the Red Planet by the Sky Crane.
Credit: NASA/JPL

To learn more on this impressive mission to Mars, go to my new article in the September 2017 issue of Aerospace America – the magazine of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA):

 

To read “Beating Curiosity: A Next Generation Robotic Rover Could Start Rolling Across the Mars Surface in 2021”

Go to:

https://aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org/features/beating-curiosity/

 

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