NASAโ€™s Perseverance Mars rover

NASAโ€™s Perseverance Mars rover

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Beati Dogu

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Thursday 30th July 2020
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NASA’s "Perseverance" Mars rover is due to launch today

Also known as the Mars 2020 mission. The Perseverance rover is very similar to the existing Curiosity rover, but with improvements to the wheels and a different suit of experiments onboard. It also carries the experimental Mars Helicopter "Ingenuity" (seen below, in front of the rover).




It'll launch on an Atlas V rocket from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral.

Launch window: 12.50 pm - 2.50 pm UK time (7:50-9:50 a.m. EDT)

They're expected to reach Mars next February & land in the Jezero Crater, which is believed to be an ancient lake bed.


NASA Launch coverage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIB3JbIIbPU


Ructions

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85 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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T minus 10 minutes https://twitter.com/NASA

gr1340

946 posts

167 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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My children’s names should be two of the 1.4 million included on the rover.

Beati Dogu

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Thursday 30th July 2020
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Yes, my name is on it too. smile

generationx

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69 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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This multi-mission is truly exciting in its ambition. I'll be following the (lengthy) progress with interest.

geeks

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Thursday 30th July 2020
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Beati Dogu

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Thursday 30th July 2020
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Well it's on its way now. Nice launch from ULA.



Photo: ULA



Photo: John Kraus




Edited by Beati Dogu on Thursday 30th July 20:37

GTO-3R

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177 months

Thursday 30th July 2020
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Good website here to keep track of it (and other satellites)

https://eyes.nasa.gov/apps/orrery/#/earth?range=fa...



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funkyrobot

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192 months

Tuesday 2nd February
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16 days until landing. Cant wait!

Leithen

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231 months

Thursday 18th February
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According to the Beeb ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-561...) timings are;

Contact with atmosphere: 20:48 GMT
Parachute deployed: 20:52 GMT
Powered descent: 20:54 GMT
Wheels down: 20:55 GMT


MartG

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Thursday 18th February
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MiniMan64

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Thursday 18th February
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Such a shame there’s never video of the landing, must look spectacular from the surface!

Also can’t wait to see how the drone works!

Eric Mc

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229 months

Thursday 18th February
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They don't really have the capability to show live video during the landings. They need all the bandwith they've got for telemetry and other stuff.

Beati Dogu

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Blackpuddin

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169 months

Thursday 18th February
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What happens to the Sky Crane once it's dropped the rover? Video I just watched on the Beeb suggests it flies off again, but where to?

hyphen

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Thursday 18th February
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Beati Dogu said:
Yes, my name is on it too. smile
gr1340 said:
My children’s names should be two of the 1.4 million included on the rover.
When the Martians arrive on Earth, they will come with a hit list of 1.4m humans.

MartG

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Thursday 18th February
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Blackpuddin said:
What happens to the Sky Crane once it's dropped the rover? Video I just watched on the Beeb suggests it flies off again, but where to?
'A safe distance' from the lander, then it crashes

Beati Dogu

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Thursday 18th February
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Blackpuddin said:
What happens to the Sky Crane once it's dropped the rover? Video I just watched on the Beeb suggests it flies off again, but where to?
It flies off and crashes.

Edit: Here's a satellite view from NASA/JPL-Caltech showing the area around the Curiosity rover soon after landing.



Edited by Beati Dogu on Thursday 18th February 17:22

Leithen

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Thursday 18th February
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MartG said:
Blackpuddin said:
What happens to the Sky Crane once it's dropped the rover? Video I just watched on the Beeb suggests it flies off again, but where to?
'A safe distance' from the lander, then it crashes
Just far enough away for Matt Damon to find it in the future.

Blackpuddin

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169 months

Thursday 18th February
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MartG said:
Blackpuddin said:
What happens to the Sky Crane once it's dropped the rover? Video I just watched on the Beeb suggests it flies off again, but where to?
'A safe distance' from the lander, then it crashes
Hope it doesn't just go straight up until it runs out of juice.