77.9 F
Clarksville
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
HomeTech/ScienceNASA continues work on Mars 2020 Rover, Public invited to watch

NASA continues work on Mars 2020 Rover, Public invited to watch

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – As NASA’s Mars 2020 rover takes shape at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, a newly installed webcam will offer the public a live, bird’s-eye view of it. You can watch as JPL engineers and technicians assemble and test the rover before it embarks next year on one of the most technologically challenging interplanetary missions ever designed.

“There is so much happening and changing in the clean room, I come here every opportunity I get,” said Mars 2020 project manager John McNamee of JPL. “It is great that we can share this part of our journey to the Red Planet with the public anytime they want.”

The "Seeing 2020" live video feed allows the public to watch engineers and technicians assemble and test NASA's next Mars rover in a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (NASA/JPL-CalTech)
The “Seeing 2020” live video feed allows the public to watch engineers and technicians assemble and test NASA’s next Mars rover in a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (NASA/JPL-CalTech)

Affectionately called “Seeing 2020,” the webcam provides the video feed (without audio) from a viewing gallery above the clean room floor.

You can also watch and participate in live webchats with members of JPL’s social media team and the Mars 2020 team as they answer questions from the public about the mission.

These “Seeing 2020” webchats will occur Monday-Thursday at 11:00am and 4:00pm PDT (1:00pm and 6:0pm CDT), with additional moderated chats when special activities (like drive tests) occur.

Continuous live video of rover construction is available at:

https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/where-is-the-rover/

The feed is also available on YouTube with the scheduled, moderated chats at:

http://youtube.com/NASAJPL/live

Currently, work in the High Bay 1 clean room begins at 8:00am PDT (10:00am CDT) Monday-Friday, much of it revolving around the rover. The back shell, descent stage and cruise stage have already been assembled and tested.

The clean room may be or appear to be empty when assembly activity has shifted to other JPL facilities or when work on 2020 moves out of view of the camera to other parts of the clean room. The camera may also be turned off periodically for maintenance or technical issues.

Months of final assembly and testing lie ahead before the Mars 2020 rover is ready to ship to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch period begins July 17th, 2020. Once the Mars 2020 rover arrives at Mars on February 18th, 2021, it will not only seek signs of ancient habitable conditions – and past microbial life – but collect rock and soil samples, storing them in sample tubes on the planet’s surface.

The Mars 2020 project at JPL manages rover development for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management. Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

For more information on Mars 2020, visit:

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

For more information about NASA’s exploration of Mars, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/mars

RELATED ARTICLES

Latest Articles