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NASA on track to launch new Mars rover in July

NASA on track to launch new Mars rover in July

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ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- NASA expects to meet a crucial deadline to launch Mars rover Perseverance in July as technicians and engineers work under tight restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rover launch is one of few NASA missions to remain fully operational during the global health crisis. Launch is planned for 9 a.m. EDT July 17 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket, which would have the rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18. The mission could launch as late as Aug. 5 and still make it to Mars as the Red Planet is in its so-called close approach to Earth. After that, Mars would be too far from Earth for the mission and NASA would have to wait two years for Mars to get near again. "We've been waiting since the 1970s to do this, and we ...
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover to carry 10.9M names, 155 essays to Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover to carry 10.9M names, 155 essays to Red Planet

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March 27 (UPI) -- NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is set to carry the names of 10,932,295 people to the Red Planet. The names, etched onto tiny silicon chips by an electron beam, were recently attached to an aluminum plate on the rover at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The names scheduled to be carried into space next year were submitted by participants in NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign. Silicon chips featuring the essays of 155 finalists from NASA's "Name the Rover" contest were also affixed to the aluminum plate, which was mounted on the rover's aft crossbeam. The plate features an etched illustration of Mars and Earth linked by the rays of the sun. Earlier this week, engineers began configuring the rover for its ride on the Atlas V rocket. "Steps included stowing the roboti...
ExoMars Rosalind Franklin: Rover mission delayed until 2022

ExoMars Rosalind Franklin: Rover mission delayed until 2022

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Europe and Russia have decided to postpone their Mars rover mission.The ExoMars "Rosalind Franklin" vehicle was due to launch to the Red Planet in July/August but engineers aren't able to get the vehicle ready in time.Because an Earth-Mars journey is only attempted when the planets are favourably aligned, the robot's next opportunity won't occur until 2022. The Russian and European space agencies announced the delay on their websites on Thursday.The set-back - the latest in a long series for this project - has been signposted for some weeks. All the hardware is built, but there remains an intimidating list of outstanding checks that must be completed before the mission can be declared flight-re...
Nasa’s next Mars rover will be called Perseverance

Nasa’s next Mars rover will be called Perseverance

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The American space agency has a new name for the rover it will be sending to the Red Planet this summer.To date, the project has been known only by its code name - Mars 2020.From now on, it will be referred to as the Perseverance rover.The name came out of a schools competition that drew 28,000 entries.The Perseverance rover will begin the process of trying to bring rocks back to Earth for study.It will trundle through an equatorial crater, looking for the best samples it can cache for retrieval by a later mission.Scientists think this will be the best approach to establishing whether or not life has ever existed on Mars. Can we finally answer the big question about Mars? Europe's Mars rover to make 'pit stop' for repair Nasa's n...
Jaguar Land Rover running out of parts amid coronavirus crisis

Jaguar Land Rover running out of parts amid coronavirus crisis

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The boss of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has warned UK production risks being damaged from next month because of supply chain difficulties in coronavirus-hit China.Sir Ralf Speth said the company had enough parts to complete the manufacturing processes at its UK sites this week and next but warned of shortfalls from March should delays to deliveries persist. He added: "We have flown parts in suitcases from China to the UK."China's efforts to combat COVID-19 - the medical name for the coronavirus strain - have resulted in factory shutdowns and movement restrictions in the world's second-largest economy.That has hit exports of goods to customers globally with Apple among a growing number of companies to acknowledge damage this week. ...