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Mars 2020 stands on its own six wheels



This
time-lapse video made on October 8, 2019 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California, Shoots First Time NASA Launches Mars 2020 Road
his full weight on his legs and wheels.

"Next
years of designing, analyzing and testing, it's fantastic to see the rover on your wheels
for the first time, "said Ben Riggs, a mechanical systems engineer working
on Mars 2020 at JPL. "The whole team is looking forward to seeing her at
the same configuration of Mars in the not too distant future. "

The legs of the rover (black tube visible above the wheels) are
composed of titanium while the wheels are aluminum. Measuring 20.7 inches (52.5 centimeters)
in diameter and treated with adhesive grooves or primers,
the wheels are engineering models that will then be replaced by flight models
year. Each wheel has its own motor. Both front and two rear wheels too
have individual steering motors that allow the car to spin the entire 360
degrees in place.

When driving on rough terrain, rocker bogie on the rover
suspension system ̵

1; so called because of its many pivot points and supports
– maintains a relatively constant weight on each wheel for stability. pirate
drivers avoid terrain that would cause the vehicle to tilt more than 30
degrees, but even so, the rover can handle a 45 degree incline in any direction
without rolling over. It can also roll over obstacles and depressions
the size of your wheels.

The Mars 2020 Rover was shot in the simulator
Construction at JPL, where it passed weeks of testing, including extensive evaluation
how its tools, systems and subsystems work in a frigid, almost vacuum

JPL builds and will operate the rover 2020 operations
for NASA. The rover will launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in July
2020 from Spacecraft Launcher 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Station. NASA's launch
The services program, based at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible
to manage the launch.

When the Rover lands in Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, it will be the first spacecraft in history
of planetary exploration with the ability to accurately redirect the point of pressure
during the landing sequence.

Loaded with returning astronauts
to the Moon by 2024, NASA's Artemis Moon Plans will establish a lasting human presence on and around the Moon
by 2028 We will use what we have learned on the moon to prepare to send astronauts
Mars.

Interested students from K-12 c
Public, private, and home schools in the US have another week to go by March 2020
Name the essay contest for Rover. One grand prize winner will name the rover. The most
Contest ends November 1, 2019.

For more information on
name contest, go to:

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/participate/name-the-rover/

For more information on
mission, go to:

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

Media Relations News

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

Alan Johnson
NASA Headquarters, Washington
202-672-4780
alana.r.johnson@nasa.gov

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