NASA plans to announce what it calls “a series of firsts” in its “Mars 2020 Perseverance” rover mission.
On Friday, members of the Southern California Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) mission team will hold the first press conference since the expedition began, and will land the rover on the surface of the red planet in February.
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The conference call and video will be broadcast live on NASA’s JPL YouTube channel at 3:30 pm EST.
Although little is known about this news, NASA said in a message released on Wednesday that “the mission leader has made substantial progress in preparing the rover for the unpaved road ahead.”
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NASA added: “As the rover prepares for surface operations, the checkout and completion milestones of each system mark an important step forward. The main mission is set for the year of Mars or 687 Earths. day.”
In addition to introducing previous achievements, the persevering team will also focus on the “first” that will be achieved after the testing phase.
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In a tweet on Wednesday, Iona Brockie, engineer of the 2020 Mars Rover, said that the team has successfully moved the robotic arm of the rover.
@NASAPersevere wrote in an accompanying tweet on the official “Perseverance” account that the roamer has been “carrying out a lot of health checks and getting ready for work.”
The tweet read: “I have checked many tasks, including instrument testing, imaging and boom. Warm up for the science marathon.”
Alana Johnson, a senior communications expert in NASA’s Planetary Sciences Division, told Fox News that this meeting is “the latest briefing on the progress of all system detections.”
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The briefing included Robert Hogg, deputy manager of JPL Perseverance Business Unit, Anais Zarifian, Perseverance Mobility Test Bench Engineer, and Katie Stack Morgan, Associate Scientist of Perseverance Projects.
The public can use the hashtag #CountdownToMars to ask questions on social media during the meeting.