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NASA is ready to send a helicopter to Mars

April 12th, 2020

NASA’s Mars Helicopter — part of the Mars 2020 mission — was just installed on the Perseverance rover as the team prepares for the launch of the mission in July. The helicopter won’t have any scientific objectives but will demonstrate what may be possible when it comes to flying on Mars. Weighing just four pounds, …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover got some sweet new wheels

April 7th, 2020

NASA’s Perseverance rover got some gorgeous new wheels.  The wheels are different from those of the Curiosity rover, and will play a pivotal role in ensuring the robot can traverse the Martian landscape with ease.  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. The world might be in the midst of a health crisis at the moment …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover will carry a secret message to Mars

April 1st, 2020

NASA hid a coded message on its Mars Perseverance rover, and internet sleuths quickly picked up on it.  On the aluminum plate attached to the rover, an etching of the Sun includes “rays” that are actually morse code.  The message reads “Explore As One.”  Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover now has 10.9 million names on it

March 27th, 2020

NASA just added over 10 million names to the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.  The names were collected as part of NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign which asked the public to send in their names to be part of the mission.  The names are etched into three small chips that are attached to the …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover is coming together, virus or no virus

March 20th, 2020

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, is coming together ahead of its expected launch to the Red Planet in July of this year.  The mission is still on schedule despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and though it’s still possible that that could change.  Among other tasks, the rover will gather material samples from the planet’s surface …


The Mars 2020 rover finally has a name

March 6th, 2020

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is one of the agency’s most ambitious yet, but the rover that will be the star of the show has lived its entire life inside of NASA’s facilities without a name. Now, after a months-long contest where K-12 students could submit their own name suggestions, the robot formerly known as “the …

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NASA is finally going to reveal the name of the Mars 2020 rover

March 4th, 2020

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is going to be historic in many ways, and as is often the case with high-profile missions, the space agency has done its best to get the public involved. A contest to name the Mars 2020 rover has been ongoing for months, with submissions from K-12 students going through several rounds …

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Watch the Mars 2020 rover’s laser in action

February 10th, 2020

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will be the most complex and powerful piece of science equipment the space agency has ever sent to the Red Planet. It’s packed with a variety of instruments designed to collect a variety of data about the planet, but one of the most interesting is the new “SuperCam.” SuperCam is an …

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NASA narrows down Mars 2020 rover name to 9 finalists

January 22nd, 2020

In case you haven’t been paying much attention to NASA’s plans for 2020, let me get you up to speed on what is probably the most exciting mission happening this year: NASA is launching another rover to Mars this summer. Right now, it’s called the Mars 2020 rover, which is pretty darn boring. It needs …