Mars Exploration 2020 Launch

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Mars Explorer 2020 Launch

A new Mars Rover named Perseverance will land on the surface of Mars in February 2221, after a seven-month flight through space. 

Attached to the underbelly of the space craft will be a small helicopter named Ingenuity.  Ingenuity will be able to overcome Mars gravity and fly over the surface of Mars like a drone and return visual images.  This will be the first test of powered flight on Mars.

The purpose of the mission will be to investigate key questions about the possible existence of life on Mars.   Perseverance will examine the past Martian environment and look for signs of ancient microbes amongst the intriguing rocks of a crater named Jezero.

The robotic machine will drill into the rocks and collect soil samples using new technology.  After examining the samples, it will set them aside so that a future mission will be able to bring them back to Earth. 

All Earthlings interested in Mars and Martians are invited by NASA to virtually watch the Launch of Perseverance – Click HERE to register. 

The Mars 2020 launch event will commence at 7:50am on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 US EDT. [Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 9:50 PM AEST in Australia]

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Australia to support the US Space Program

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Australia supports the NASA mission to Mars

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has announced that $150 million dollars will be set aside as a commitment by Australia to support the planned US mission to Mars.

After attending a State Dinner with US President Trump, Scott Morrison visited Nasa on 20th September 2019 and took the opportunity to make the announcement that the commitment will strengthen the ties between Australian business and NASA.

The investment in Australian business and technology will support NASA’s plans to launch expeditions to both the moon and to Mars.

Mr Morrison said that Australian businesses and researchers have “immense knowledge and capabilities in projects that can support NASA’s Moon to Mars mission, such as Project Artemis and the Lunar Gateway”.  He went on to state that…

“The Australian Space Agency will work closely with Nasa to identify how they can best support their missions, after the signing of a joint statement of intent on expanding cooperation”.

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