The robotic arm
on NASA's Mars 2020 Rover does not have deltoids,
Triceps or biceps, but it can still lure heavy weights with the best. in the
This timelapse video was taken on 19 July 2019 in the clean room of the spacecraft assembly center in Berlin
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
California, the 7 foot long (2.1 meter long) rover
Arm easily maneuvered 88 pounds (40
a sensor-loaded tower worth kilograms when moving from one extended to another
a stowed configuration.
In this timelapse video, taken on July 19, 2019, in the clean room of the JPL spacecraft assembly plant, the rover's 2.1-meter arm maneuvered his 88-pound (40-kilogram) sensor-laden tower when he changes from an extended to a stowed configuration. Picture credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech
The arm of the rover contains five electric
Engines and five joints (known as shoulder – azimuth joint, shoulder height)
Joint, elbow joint, wrist and revolver joint). The tower of the rover contains
HD cameras, scanning in habitable environments with Raman & Luminescence
for Organics & Chemicals (SHERLOC), the Planetary Instrument for X-ray
Lithochemistry (PIXL) and a percussion and core drilling mechanism.
On Mars, the arm and
The tower will work together, allowing the rover to work as a human geologist
would: by achieving interesting geological features, grinding, analyzing
and even collect them for further studies on sample caching from Mars 2020
System collecting samples of Martian rock and soil
returned to Earth from a future mission.
"This was our first
Opportunity to observe the arm and the tower as they move together
Make sure everything worked as specified – nothing blocked or otherwise
hinder smooth operation
of the system, "said Dave Levine, integration engineer for Mars 2020." Standing
If you observe the arm and the tower making their movements there, you can not help but wonder why the rover is driving
will be in space in less than a year and do just that
Movements on Mars in less than two.
Mars 2020 is launched
from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July 2020. It lands
Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.
Accused of bringing astronauts back to the moon
By 2024, NASA's Artemis Moon Exploration Plans will build a sustainable human presence
and around the moon until 2028. We will use what we learn on the moon to prepare ourselves
Send astronauts to Mars.
JPL builds and becomes
Manage the operation of the Mars 2020 Rover for the NASA Science Mission Directorate
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