Science and Exploration

Putting Mars 2020 Pieces Together

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
January 15, 2020
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Putting Mars 2020 Pieces Together
Mars 2020

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.
Built by Lockheed Martin Space, the heat shield and back shell will protect the rover during its passage to Mars. The Mars 2020 rover is being manufactured at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California and, once complete, will be delivered to Kennedy next month. The mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in the summer of 2020.

Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-20200110-PH-KLS02_0005 Larger image

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