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JPL reveals efforts to explore Mars as a NASA administrator



  NASA Administrator Jim Briddentine inspects the Mars Helicopter during a visit on August 27 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the agency in Pasadena, California. Credit: Ashly Cullumber / SpaceFlight Insider

NASA Administrator Jim Briddenstie discusses the Mars Helicopter during a visit on August 27 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. From left to right: Chief Engineer for the Mars helicopter program Bob Balaram, project manager for the Mars helicopter project MiMi Aung and NASA administrator Jim Briddenstine. Photo credits: Ashly Cullumber / SpaceFlight Insider

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA Administrator Jim Briddentine paid a visit to the Space Propulsion's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today, Monday, August 27, 2018, to review NASA's efforts to explore the US Air Force Red Given Planet

Under the direction of the JPL officials, the new head of the agency was given a tour of current and future Mars reconnaissance missions. The importance of the work done at JPL and the possible discoveries that need to be made have been noted by Bridenstine himself.

"My mission at JPL today is to talk about whether there is life on other planets" Bridenstine said:

Part of it involved a stop at JPL's in-situ instrumentation lab, where a complete model of Mars InSight-Landers based on the Mars Phoenix Spacecraft (based on the Vastitas) Borealis region of Mars resides on November 2, 2008). InSight is scheduled to land on the dusty Martian Plain on November 26 (2018).

The next part of the tour was, in a sense, a two-parter, as Bridenstine was also brought through the spacecraft assembly facility as the Space Simulator Chamber.

  Mars NASA helicopter is part of the Mars 2020 Rover mission. Photo credits: Ashly Cullumber / SpaceFlight Insider

NASA's Mars helicopter, part of the Mars 2020 Rover mission. Photo credits: Ashly Cullumber / SpaceFlight Insider

The assembly facility will prepare the NASA 2020 Mars Rover for its mission on the Red Planet. While the one-tonne rover was impressive, the next part of the tour helped highlight one of the more innovative elements of the upcoming mission – an aircraft sent to fly the Marsh sky.

A replica of a drone helicopter prepared to fly on the Rover during the tour as he traveled to Mars was seen in the simulator chamber to test him in a "Mars-like" atmosphere.

The Mars Helicopter Team even presented one of Bridenstine's blades of the vehicle in honor of his visit, the importance of this part of the mission Mars 2020.

Bridenstine was named President of the United States, Donald Trump, for the role of NASA Administrator appointed on September 1, 2017. He was confirmed on April 19, 2018 by the US Senate for this position.

  NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists are gathering a Mars InSight Lander model. Photo credits: Ashly Cullmber / SpaceFlight Insider

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists are gathering a model of the Mars InSight Lander. Photo credits: Ashly Cullmber / SpaceFlight Insider

  Components designed to safely propel the Mars 2020 Rover to the Red Planet, located on the ground of the spacecraft mounting facility. Photo credits: Ashly Cullumber / SpaceFlight Insider

Components designed to safely propel the Mars 2020 Rover to the Red Planet, located on the ground of the spacecraft mounting facility. Photo credits: Ashly Cullumber / SpaceFlight Insider

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Jason Rhian

Jason Rhian spent several years improving his skills through internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society, and Universe Today.


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