What was once a vague chunk of metal, wires and circuit boards is now finally starting to look like an actual rover.
We are now just a little over a year away from the launch of the Mars 2020 Mission, which will see NASA’s new rover reach the Red Planet on February 18, 2021.
Once in Jezero Crater, the rover will search for signs of prior habitability and evidence of past microbial life, collect rock and surface samples, and perform some groundwork for a human mission to Mars, including an oxygen production test.
The Mars 2020 launch window from Cape Canaveral is between July 17 to August 5, 2020.
That’s not terribly long from now, and accordingly, the rover is really starting to take shape.
A major milestone was came on June 13, when engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California installed the vehicle’s suspension system and six wheels, as NASA reported in a press release.