Advanced spacesuit designer Amy Ross of NASA’s Johnson Space Center stands with the Z-2, a prototype spacesuit. Credit: NASA In a Q&A, spacesuit designer Amy Ross explains how five samples, including a piece of helmet visor, will be tested aboard the rover, which was launched on July 30. NASA is preparing […]

Illustration of the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance spacecraft cruising in space. The cruise phase began after the spacecraft separated from the rocket, soon after launch. The spacecraft departed Earth at a speed of about 24,600 mph (about 39,600 kph). The trip to Mars will take about seven months and about […]

In this artist’s concept, a two-stage United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle speeds the Mars 2020 spacecraft toward the Red Planet. The rocket stands at 197 feet (60 meters) tall. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech “This signifies that JPL’s (NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) deep space network has locked on to the […]