JPL’s Mars 2020 Rover Goes Coast-to-Coast to Prep for Launch

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment On Feb. 11, 2020, Mars 2020 Assembly, Test and Launch Operations Manager David Gruel watched as members of his team loaded NASA’s next Mars rover onto an Air Force C-17 at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. The rover was flown to Cape Canaveral, Florida, in preparation for its July launch. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA’s next Mars rover has arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for its launch to the Red Planet this July. Two Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo planes carrying the Mars 2020 rover as well as the cruise stage, descent stage and Mars Helicopter touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at about 12 noon Wednesday, completing a 2,300-mile (3,700-kilometer) trip that began Tuesday at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory here in Pasadena.“Our rover has left the only home it has ever known,” said John McNamee, Mars 2020 project manager. “The 2020 family here at JPL is a little sad to see it go, but we’re even more proud knowing that the next time our rover takes to the skies, it will be headed to Mars.”Assembly, test and launch operations for Mars 2020 began in January 2018. The first piece of hardware that would become part of the rover arrived on the clean room floor of JPL’s Spacecraft Assembly Facility’s High Bay 1 a few months later.The rover’s aeroshell – its protective covering for the trip to the Red Planet – arrived at Kennedy this past December. Early on Feb. 11, the rover, cruise stage, descent stage and mission support equipment headed in four police-escorted trucks to the U.S. Air Force’s March Air Reserve Base, where they were loaded aboard the two waiting C-17s.Within hours of arriving at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, the 11 pallets of Mars 2020 spacecraft will be transported to the same spacecraft processing facility that in 2011 handled NASA’s Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring Mars’ Gale Crater. Later this week, the Mars 2020 assembly, test and launch operations team will begin testing the components to assess their health following the cross-country flight.After months of final assembly and additional testing, Mars 2020 should be enclosed in its aeroshell for the final time in late June. It will be delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41 to be integrated with the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will hurl it toward Jezero Crater in early July.Mars 2020 will collect and store rock and soil samples in sealed tubes and will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, and pave the way for human exploration. Subsequent missions, currently in the planning stages, will return to Jezero Crater, gather the samples collected by Mars 2020 and return them to Earth for the sort of in-depth study that only a full-size lab can provide.JPL is building and will manage operations of the Mars 2020 rover for NASA. NASA’s Launch Services Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch management.For information on NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 15 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Top of the News center_img Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Science and Technology JPL’s Mars 2020 Rover Goes Coast-to-Coast to Prep for Launch The agency’s first step in returning rocks from Mars just arrived at Kennedy Space Center. The Mars 2020 team now begins readying for a launch to the Red Planet this July. From NASA/JPL-Caltech Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 12:37 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Rob Holding reveals Unai Emery asked Arsenal’s players to vote for their captain this season

first_imgAdvertisement Rob Holding made his first Arsenal appearance since December against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)Rob Holding has confirmed that Unai Emery asked his players to vote on who should make up Arsenal’s five-strong captaincy group this season.Emery caused a stir upon his appointment last season when he announced that rather than picking a captain and vice-captain, he would delegate leadership responsibilities to five players.Only Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil remain from Emery’s first captaincy group at Arsenal, though, after Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny all left the club during the summer.That has left three spaces to fill and Holding, who captained the side during the latter stages of Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest, admitted he would ‘honoured’ if he was selected.ADVERTISEMENT Holding scored during Arsenal’s win over Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)Discussing Arsenal’s captaincy situation, Holding said: ‘We had a vote the other week so we’ll see what happens and see who gets named.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘[We had to] write names down and then give them to the manager. He will go through them obviously with his input and then we’ll see what happens.‘I don’t know [when the decision will be announced]. I think it will be in the next couple of days or weeks. I have no idea.‘If I get it, then I’ll be more than happy and honoured to do it.’Xhaka has worn the armband in each of his six appearances this season, while Ozil, Holding and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have each been given the responsibility at different times.Holding enjoyed a dream return to first-team duties following ten months on the sidelines, keeping a clean sheet, wearing the armband and even scoring during the demolition of Forest.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘I would love to be a captain and being captain of Arsenal is unbelievable. It would be a great feeling.‘We will see what happens in the next couple of weeks. If I get it, I will be more than happy.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Rob Holding reveals Unai Emery asked Arsenal’s players to vote for their captain this season Metro Sport ReporterThursday 26 Sep 2019 12:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link702Shares Advertisementlast_img read more