NASA’s Perseverance Rover Buttoned Up for Launch #SpaceSaturday
NASA’s Perseverance rover, the follow-up to the Curiosity rover, has been closed up inside a protective shell that will protect the spacecraft until its journey to Mars begins. Here’s more from Spaceflight Now:
The six-wheeled Mars rover was connected with its descent stage earlier this year inside a clean room at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Technicians and engineers working amid the coronavirus pandemic affixed the rover and descent system inside the spacecraft’s backshell, then mounted the atmospheric entry vehicle onto the cruise stage, which will shepherd the spacecraft from Earth to Mars.
Some of the final pieces to be added to the rover were the super-clean sample collection tubes that the Perseverance rover will use to gather core samples on Mars for eventual return to Earth.
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