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NASA takes a nostalgic look back at its very first Mars rover

July 4th, 2019

Today, NASA’s Curiosity rover spends its days exploring the Martian landscape and eagerly awaiting the arrival of its newest sibling, the Mars 2020 rover, which is slated to arrive in February of 2021. The machines are designed to last for a long, long time, and they’re a far cry from NASA’s first attempt at a …

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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover just got shiny new feet

June 21st, 2019

A rover without its wheels can’t do much roving at all, so the recent addition of fancy new wheels to the Mars 2020 rover is pretty exciting for NASA and space observers around the world. In a new blog post, NASA shows off some awesome photos of the wheels that were just affixed to the …

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NASA’s Mars 2020 rover finally has its head

June 17th, 2019

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will be its most ambitious trip to the Red Planet yet. The Mars 2020 rover is absolutely packed with the latest high-tech instruments, and while the mission isn’t scheduled to begin until next summer, excitement is already building in a big way. Recently, NASA began hosting a live stream where viewers …

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NASA will send your name to the Red Planet on the Mars 2020 rover

May 22nd, 2019

Mars 2020 is shaping up nicely, with NASA recently revealing that its rover-hauling spacecraft is essentially complete and currently undergoing testing well ahead of its July 2020 launch window, and NASA is now accepting names of hopeful Mars “travelers” who want to get in on the action. No, you can’t actually go to Mars — …

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NASA put the electronic brains of the Mars 2020 rover through a torture test

March 20th, 2019

Building a robotic vehicle that will eventually travel to another planet is a complicated undertaking. With just one NASA rover, Curiosity, currently roaming around on Mars after the death of Opportunity, the much-hyped Mars 2020 mission takes on even more significance. Getting it right means testing, tweaking, testing, tweaking, and then testing some more, and …