NASA’s Mars 2020 rover has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for final assembly, with a launch window from July 17 to August 5, according to a video released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Daily Mail’s website. The rover will perform missions that other Rovers cannot perform, including collecting samples of Martian soil and bringing them back to Earth from NASA, which means many exciting discoveries are on the horizon.
“Mars 2020” arrived at kennedy space center from the California Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Picture: NASA website
The Mars 2020 rover has arrived at Kennedy Space Center from the California Jet Propulsion Laboratory on two U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft, and the final assembly includes the installation of the rover’s nuclear batteries. From mid-July to early August, NASA will launch an Atlas 5 rocket before announcing the official name of the rover, which is expected to land on Mars on February 18 next year.
The Mars 2020 mission, with a total budget of $2.6 billion, addresses high-priority scientific objectives for Mars exploration, including key issues such as the potential for life on Mars. The mission aims not only to find signs of suitable living conditions on ancient Mars, but also to look for signs of the “own” of microbial life in the past. If all goes according to plan, the rover will be a record-setting project — for example, for humans to study Samples of Mars directly.
The rover will collect soil samples from multiple locations on the surface of Mars, and once a sufficient amount of samples are collected, the rover will store them in a designated location. On the next Mission to Mars, go to the sample drop-off site, prepare samples for the trip back to Earth, and then launch them into space. In 2026, a new Mars Orbiter will be launched, which will actually collect samples and bring them back to Earth for research.
The process is complex, but NASA and the European Space Agency remain confident. If the series is successful, scientists on Earth will eventually be able to study material directly on the surface of Mars, and the true secrets of the Red Planet will gradually be revealed.