Curious Mars

Mars: January 2020

MRO has been observing Mars for 6 Mars Years (MY), each of which lasts for 687 Earth days.

Knowing where our bodies are helps us move through the world.

The Mars 2020 rover heat shield is mated to the back shell in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 10, 2020.

This image shows part of the ice cap sitting at Mars' north pole, complete with bright swathes of ice, dark troughs and depressions, and signs of strong winds and stormy activity.