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Mars 2020 Is Coming Together



An engineer inspects
the completed spacecraft that will carry NASA's next Mars rover to the Red
Planet, prior to a test in the Space Simulator Facility at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

From the top
down, and suspended by cables, is the complete cruise stage, which will power
and guide the Mars 2020 spacecraft on its seven-month voyage to the Red Planet.
Directly below that is the aeroshell (white back shell and barely visible black
heat shield), which will protect the vehicle during its cruise as well as during its
fiery descents into the Martian atmosphere. Not visible (because it's cocooned
inside the aeroshell) is the completed rocket-powered descent stage and the surrogate rover (a stand-in for the real
rover, which is undergoing final assembly in JPL's High Bay 1

cleanroom).

The Mars 2020 spacecraft
was tested in the 25-foot-wide, 85-foot-tall (8-meter-by-26-meter) chamber in
the same configuration will be in while flying through interplanetary space.
The 2020 rover carries a completely new suite of instruments,
including a sample-caching system that will collect samples of Mars for return
to Earth on subsequent missions. The mission will launch from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July of 2020 and land at Lake
Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.

The image was
taken on May 9, 2019.

JPL is building
and will manage the operations of the Mars 2020 rover for the NASA Science Mission

For more information about the mission,
Go to:

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

News Media Contact

DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-393-9011
agle@jpl.nasa.gov

2019-093


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