New NASA/JPL Video Explainer, On All The Science Loaded Into That New Martian Rover… Headed To Jezero Crater.

More video was made available overnight, by JPL and NASA, on the particulars of the mission science devices.

I forgot to mention that — if all goes well — this rover will have the ability to leave sealed tubes, for launch of a future (circa 2031) sample return rocket, which in turn will dock and mate up with the orbiter, and then be returned to Earth yielding our first “new” Martian surface samples, in space exploration history. Here’s a little more, and then the newly released JPL video:

. . . .NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is heading to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life, collect samples for future return to Earth and help pave the way for human exploration. The rover will carry with it several technology demonstrations including a helicopter, which will attempt humanity’s first powered flight on another planet. Perseverance has a new set of science instruments and the ability to “self-drive” on the Martian surface.

The Perseverance rover is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. . . July 30. It is set to land at Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. . . .

Onward, out — and into that undiscovered country, of Will Shakespeare. . . we go, grinning. . . .


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