You really wouldn’t want to send a rover to Mars only to find out there was a problem.
This is why NASA put its Mars 2020 rover, called Perseverance, to the test before its much anticipated launch on the Red Planet in just two months.
A video (below) released by NASA on Monday shows the robotic vehicle undergoing some of the thousands of tests it has undergone, each designed to reveal any potential problems.
“The Perseverance Mars rover is one of a kind, and the tests needed to prepare it for the middle (and unpaved) streets of the Red Planet are also one of a kind,” NASA said on its website. “Because the hardware cannot be repaired once the rover is on Mars, the team must build a vehicle that can survive for years on a planet with punitive temperature changes, constant radiation and ubiquitous dust. “
Check out the driving test to see how meticulous the team needs to be to make sure everything is running smoothly. At least nine engineers come closer to watch the rover carefully advance on its six wheels.
In another test, Perseverance was shaken hard to make sure nothing came off during the rocky journey to space. NASA did this by exploding loudspeaker noise up to 143 decibels, which, he notes, is louder than what you would experience near a turbojet.
Inspections following the shake test revealed that certain fasteners securing the spacecraft components needed to be tightened and a few electrical cables replaced, “but the mission team left with increased confidence that even if Perseverance will certainly be shaken nothing should move during the launch. “
said to me, “Mars is hard, and everyone knows it. What they may not realize is that to be successful on Mars, you have to test the absolute truth about it here on Earth. “” Data-reactid = “20”> Commenting on vitally important preparations, project manager John McNamee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California said, “Mars is difficult, and Everyone knows it. What they may not realize is that to be successful on Mars, you have to test the absolute devil of it here on Earth. “
collect samples for return to Terreet conduct research that will aid human exploration of the planet. “Data-reactid =” 21 “> NASA describes persistence as a” robotic scientist “. During its round-trip mission, the 2,300-pound (1,040-kilogram) rover will explore the Martian surface for signs of past microbial life, collect samples for return to Earth, and conduct research that will aid human exploration. possible from the planet.
The March 2020 mission will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida, with the launch window starting on July 17. Check back for all the details on how to watch it live.