NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Heads Into Huge Vacuum Chamber for Testing

Mars 2020 Rover Test Chamber Time Lapse

This time-lapse video, taken on October 9, 2019, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, captures the move of the Mars 2020 rover into a large vacuum chamber for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions. Image caption: NASA/JPL-Caltech

In this time-lapse video, taken on October 9, 2019, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, bunny-suited engineers move the Mars 2020 rover from a high bay in the Spacecraft Simulator Building into the facility’s large vacuum chamber for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions.

“Whenever you move the rover, it is a big deal,” said Mars 2020 engineer Chris Chatellier of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “There is a technician on every corner, and other engineers and safety inspectors are monitoring and assisting every step of the way. Every move is choreographed, briefed and rehearsed.”

After chamber testing, the 2020 rover was moved back to JPL’s Spacecraft Assembly Facility where it is undergoing radio-emissions testing.

Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July 2020. It will land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.

Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration plans will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028. We will use what we learn on the Moon to prepare to send astronauts to Mars.

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