NASA's next Martian car finally holds its own weight. The Space Agency Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California has released a short video download time showing the six wheels and legs of all taking over the Earth. It should be good training for rolling around Mars, where the rover will weigh significantly less thanks to the lesser gravity of the Red Planet.
"After years of designing, analyzing and testing, it's fantastic to see the rover on your wheels for the first time," Ben Riggs, a mechanical systems engineer working at Mars 2020 at JPL, said in a statement. "The whole team is looking forward to seeing her in the same configuration of Mars in the not too distant future."
The black tubular legs of the rover are made of titanium while the wheels are made of aluminum. The wheels in the video, however, are engineering models that will be replaced with pre-launch flight versions, currently set for next July by the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rover will explode over the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket andon February 18, 2021.
You can see. If all goes well, the Rover 2020 rover will continue to look for signs of microbial life in our closest planetary neighbor, ahead of planned human visitors for the first time. Elon Musk and SpaceX strive to make Mars steps in the 2020s, while NASA looks at a time period of 2030.
It's always good to know what you're going through when you first visit a place.