NASA will launch the next Mars rover, which will probe the surface of Mars and return to Earth to provide scientists with the data and information they collect. The rover, known as the Mars Perseverance Rover, will have its launch window open in less than four months. The detector is a six-wheel unit.
Some of the marsport crews were transported from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) to the launch site at Cape Canaveral in early February, where team members are currently assembling and testing parts that will play a key role in the probe’s landing on Mars, taking samples and returning to Earth. One of the key components the team is currently testing is a drill system that takes samples from Mars.
It contains nine drills, which the probe will use to sample Martian rocks and dust, and the entire system consists of seven motors and a total of more than 3,000 parts to collect samples from the surface of Mars and preserve them. A major component of the system is called the “sample handling arm”, which moves the sample tube to the main robotic arm and the full sample tube into a sealed and stored space. The team says the most important test installation elements will be the sample tube, which will store the sample until it returns to Earth for analysis. NASA says the coronavirus epidemic has not yet affected the launch schedule, and preparations are continuing.