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Since the mid-1930s, when Caltech students and rocket enthusiasts banded together, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been part of the aerospace landscape of Southern California. Formed before NASA even became a reality, this lab has been the site of some of the world’s most impressive engineering feats. The lab’s early efforts began with more military projects such as building experimental missiles for the U.S. military or developing a guided ballistic missile, but its efforts eventually turned to more exploratory missions for the relief of human beings. scientists, engineers and technicians who worked there. JPL is responsible for ambitious space missions such as Mariner 4 (the first spacecraft to take close-up photos of another planet), Cassini (which detects a hint of ocean on Saturn’s moon Enceladus) and of course Curiosity (including the rover has riveted the nation with its mission on the red planet).

Now, as part of NASA’s long-term efforts to explore Mars, JPL is building the next Martian rover in a bid to determine if Mars has ever supported life and what human explorers might need to survive on this planet. . In an effort to share the science and the efforts that continue in the exploration of another planet, JPL has installed a webcam offering a live stream (without audio) of their white room where characters in white suits are busy. daily, building the next Vagabond Mars.

Watch the construction of the next Mars Rover here:

The lab also offers live web chats with the JPL social media team Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. If you want your name to become interplanetary, fill out the form on this link and send your name to space.

Mars Boarding Pass generated when you submit your name to send with the Mars mission |  Nasa

Mars Boarding Pass generated when you submit your name to send with the Mars mission | Nasa

Click to take a look inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory:

    On June 13, 2019, JPL engineers install starboard struts and wheels - otherwise known as mobility suspension - on the Mars 2020 rover |  NASA / JPL-Caltech

1/7 On June 13, 2019, JPL engineers install starboard struts and wheels – otherwise known as mobility suspension – on the Mars 2020 rover | NASA / JPL-Caltech

Members of NASA's Mars 2020 Project take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover.  NASA / JPL-Caltech

2/7 Members of NASA’s Mars 2020 Project take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover. NASA / JPL-Caltech

The concept of this artist depicts possible astronauts and human habitats on Mars.  |  Nasa

3/7 The concept of this artist depicts possible astronauts and human habitats on Mars. | Nasa

A prototype helicopter on Mars |  NASA / JPL-Caltech

4/7 A prototype helicopter on Mars | NASA / JPL-Caltech

October 1996, workers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory shut down the metal "petals" of the Mars Pathfinder lander.  The small Sojourner rover can be seen on one of the three petals.  |  NASA / Flickr

5/7 October 1996, employees of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory close the metallic “petals” of the Mars Pathfinder lander. The small Sojourner rover can be seen on one of the three petals. | Nasa/ Flickr

Artist representation of Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity |  Nasa

6/7 Artist representation of Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity | Nasa

Close-up of a slice of a meteorite that scientists have determined to be from Mars.  |  NASA / JPL-Caltech

7/7 Close-up of a slice of a meteorite that scientists have determined to be from Mars. | NASA / JPL-Caltech

Sources

Jet propulsion laboratory: Reaching for the stars since 1936. Accessed June 20, 2019.

March 2020. Accessed June 20, 2019.

Top image: Concept of the Mars 2020 rover artist. Nasa

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