Tag Archives: Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Rover in Transit to Martian Surface; Jennifer Trosper Quoted

Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover is on the way to Mars, as the space agency expects the vehicle to land on martian ground this Thursday.  NASA reported that the Mars 2020 spacecraft, which contains Perseverance, is operating as expected in transit to the Jezero Crater. “Perseverance is operating perfectly right now, and all systems are go for landing,” Jennifer Trosper, deputy project manager for the mission, said at the briefing. 

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NASA’s Deep-Space Satellite Dish Goes Online

DSS-56

NASA has added another antenna to its Deep Space Network (DSN) that will handle communications with space missions including the Perseverance rover that is slated to land on Mars in Feb. 2021. NASA envisions DSS-56 to support the interplanetary switchboard network in managing navigation and communication operations for subsequent deep-space missions. 

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GAO: DIA Needs Robust Stakeholder Engagement Plan for Intell Repository Modernization Program

Defense

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to establish a strategy for coordinating with the intelligence community and other stakeholders on the development of its new data-management system. GAO said Thursday that DIA is yet to provide a plan for ongoing stakeholder coordination in line with the development of the Machine-assisted Analytic Rapid-repository System (MARS). 

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NASA Issues Audit on Mars Sample Collection Campaign; Jim Bridenstine, Thomas Zurbuchen Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA has released an independent report detailing the agency’s readiness to conduct a campaign focused on obtaining soil samples from Mars to be used for Earth-based scientific research. “We know there are challenges ahead, but that’s why we look closely at these architectures,” said Jim Bridenstine, administrator of NASA and a former Wash100 Award winner.

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Jacobs Teams with NASA’s JPL to Support Mars Perseverance Rover; Steve Arnette, Trevor Graff Quoted

Mars Rover

Jacobs announced on Thursday that the company has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build a new calibration device for the Mars Perseverance Rover. The calibration device is mounted on the front of the rover so that researchers can check SHERLOC's analytical instrumentation's accuracy by directing it to scan the baseline materials on the calibration target. 

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Perseverance Rover to Begin Final Launch Readiness Review for NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission

Mars 2020 Perseverance

NASA’s Perseverance rover for the Mars 2020 mission has completed flight readiness review activities ahead of final launch assessments scheduled for July 27. The agency said on Thursday that the launch window for the Perseverance mission will begin at 7:50 a.m. EDT on July 30.

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NASA On Track With Mars 2020 Launch

Mars Fetch Rover

Omar Baez and Matt Wallace, NASA officials, said online that the space agency has more than enough time to address potential problems that may affect the Mars 2020 launch schedule, Space News reported Wednesday. The two said processing activities are running on schedule toward the launch set for July 20.

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