JPL engineers monitor testing of the Perseverance rover’s Sample Caching System in this video clip. For the full video, see below. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech   ANIMATION Two astronauts collected Moon rocks on Apollo 11. It will take three robotic systems working together to gather up the first Mars rock samples for return to Earth. […]

ANIMATION After nearly 300 million miles (470 million km), NASA’s Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on February 18, 2021. But, to reach the surface of the Red Planet, it has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing.  The mission uses technological innovations already demonstrated successfully, […]

During this next phase, the program will mature critical technologies and make critical design decisions as well as assess industry partnerships. NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) are moving to the next phase in a campaign to deepen understanding of whether life ever existed on Mars and, in turn, better understand the origins […]

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has two wind sensors just below its mast, or “head.” They’re part of MEDA, a weather science package that will provide vital data on the Martian surface, especially dust in the atmosphere. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Sensors on NASA’s Perseverance will help prepare for future human exploration by taking […]

The parachute for the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is tested in a wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ames   ANIMATION Mark your calendars: The agency’s latest rover has only about 8,640,000 seconds to go before it touches down on the Red Planet, becoming […]

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 […]