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What Comes Next on Mars?

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2019

Javier Gómez-Elvira anticipates the next phase of the search for life on the Red Planet.

The Downlink: NASA Works to Save Mars Experiment, Saturn Gets 20 New Moons

Jason Davis • October 11, 2019 • 3

Planetary exploration news for busy people

Mars 2020 Rover almost Assembled

Jason Davis • August 22, 2019 • 1

Last week, technicians installed the carousel that holds the tools and drill bits that will be used to collect samples for future return to Earth.

Practicing Mars 2020 rover operations, on Earth

Jeffrey R. Johnson • February 25, 2019 • 1

Jeff Johnson files a report from ROASTT, the Rover Operations Activities for Science Team Training.

We're going to Jezero!

Emily Lakdawalla • November 20, 2018 • 3

NASA announced this morning the selection of Jezero crater for the landing site of the Mars 2020 mission. Jezero is a 45-kilometer-wide crater that once held a lake, and now holds a spectacular ancient river delta.

Mastcam-Z Team Blog: A Special Team Photomosaic

Darian Dixon • August 06, 2018 • 1

Mastcam-Z will help the Mars 2020 rover explore the surface of Mars. Dozens of amazing scientists and engineers from across the globe contribute to the development of Mastcam-Z. This year, the team photo was taken with our very own Mastcam-Z testbed unit.

Mastcam-Z team blog: We've got flight hardware!

Elsa Jensen • May 21, 2018

Right after the last Mastcam-Z team meeting a year ago (link here to last two blog posts), our team finalized the design of the cameras, and then the fantastic voyage of creating Martian panoramic zoom cameras began.

‘SuperCam’ Update: Multi-purpose Instrument Coming Together for 2020 Launch to Mars

Roger Wiens • April 27, 2018 • 2

Excitement is building within the SuperCam team as the instrument enters the final stages of assembly and testing toward an anticipated launch aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.

Maintaining the health of an aging Mars orbiter

Emily Lakdawalla • February 14, 2018 • 2

NASA has announced changes to how engineers are operating Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in order to prolong its life as long as possible, long enough to support the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Engineering Qualification Model confirms performance of the Mastcam-Z!

Jim Bell • January 30, 2018 • 1

Just this past week, assembly of the Mastcam-Z EQM was completed, and we saw for the first time what one of our Mars zoom cameras would really look like.

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