The agency has prepared a very interesting tool, thanks to which you can keep track of the current location of the Mars 2020 mission on board with a rover and a drone. The devices will arrive on Mars in February 2021.
The NASA Eyes browser software allows you to track in real mode the location of many space missions currently carried out by NASA and ESA. Among them was the Mars 2020 capsule. For now, it is close to Earth, because it left our planet only a few days ago on the Atlas V rocket. However, in a few two or three months the capsule should be halfway to the Red Planet.
The Solar System Simulator itself is a great tool for tracking other key missions as well hyperlinks. There we can see the current position of the TESS telescope, which is looking for a second Earth and the biological life forms existing on it for humanity. We cannot forget about the Solar Orbiter mission, thanks to which we will see the surface of our day star from a record close distance.
We also have at our disposal the asteroid Psyche, which is one of the largest asteroids located in the belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is believed to be the frozen metal core of a Mars-sized planet that has been destroyed. The Americans will send a space mission to the “golden” asteroid, which is worth 37 trillion zlotys. This asteroid is 210 kilometers in diameter and consists mainly of iron, nickel, gold and platinum.
The on-board computer of the Mars 2020 mission lander entered Safe Mode after it was launched into space, but the latest data from the Deep Space Network’s radar system indicate that the computer has now returned to normal mode and the mission continues. The landing on the surface of the Red Planet is planned for February 2021. The rover and the drone will explore the former water reservoir Jezero.