Sep 2, 2019

Mars mission readies tiny chopper for Red Planet flight

Engineers preparing the next American Mars rover have installed one of its most exciting experiments - a chopper. The US space agency's next Mars rover is a near-copy of the one-tonne Curiosity vehicle that has operated successfully in Gale Crater since 2012. Engineers are nearing the end of the rover's assembly at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. The Mars 2020 rover will examine the chemistry of these rocks for evidence of past biology. Nasa launched a schools essay-writing competition on Wednesday to find an engaging name for its rover.

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