A few of the stories to tell you about This Week at NASA Applause Navigation has confirmed that the parachute has deployed and we are seeing significant deceleration … On Feb. 18. Our Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission safely touched down on Mars. Touchdown, confirmed Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs of past life applause. The rover landed in Jezero Crater, a region targeted for the excellent opportunity it presents to accomplish the rovers primary goal of finding signs of past microbial life. Within minutes. The rovers first images from Mars reached Earth confirming Perseverance was A okay. And even more images followed, including amazing views of the rovers descent captured by our Mars Reconnaissance, Orbiter and stunning views from onboard the lander showing how descent appeared from the rovers point of view.. You have to somehow believe that you can do it or else youd never try to put a car on the surface of Mars right Its crazy., But there really is no good way to describe that moment when its over and you hear those words touchdown confirmed.. This is the most advanced NASA rover to make the nearly 300 million mile trip to Mars. Its loaded with groundbreaking technology to help pave the way for future human exploration of the Red Planet.. This includes the ability to collect and leave cached samples of Martian, rock and regolith that a future mission being planned by NASA and the European Space Agency could retrieve and bring back to Earth for study.

. This mission is amazing on its own. Science technology and caching samples to bring back to Earth, but its also part of our bigger exploration plans right Which involve preparing for eventual human missions to Mars., While Perseverance works to characterize the regions geology and past climate. There are also plans for the Ingenuity experimental helicopter to make the first controlled flight on another planet.. Having a flying, robotic explorer could be a huge benefit for a human mission on Mars.. Being able to fly will enable us to get to places that we cannot get to with rovers and astronauts like sides of steep cliffs deep inside crevices areas of high scientific interest.. It will be game. Changing Perseverance will undergo several weeks of testing before it begins its two year. Science investigation of Mars., The Feb. 20 liftoff of Northrop Grummans Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft from our Wallops Flight Facility marked the start of the companys 15th resupply mission to the International Space Station. For NASA., The Cygnus named after late NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, is loaded with about 8000 pounds of scientific research, crew supplies and hardware for the station. Crew., An uncrewed Russian Progress supply ship arrived at the space station early Wednesday after launching from Kazakhstan on Feb. 14, with just over a ton of nitrogen water and propellant.. The Progress will be used to detach a Russian docking module later this year to prepare for the arrival of a new multipurpose laboratory. Module. NASA and Boeing are now targeting no earlier than Friday April 2 for the launch of Orbital Flight Test 2 or OFT 2.

The companys second uncrewed flight test of the CST 100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station. OFT 2 is an end to end test to prove the Starliner system is ready to begin flying, astronauts to and from the space station as part of NASAs Commercial Crew. Program., A lightweight, robotic crane first, designed built and tested at our Langley Research Center more than a decade ago, is being upgraded with a suite of quick interchange tools, giving it Swiss Army knife, like capabilities that could prove quite useful on future missions to the Moon.. It can be used as a hoist or forklift to lift payloads weighing as much as an elephant or for jobs requiring a bit more dexterity such as scooping, regolith or welding.. The technology is also scalable to fit any sized lander vehicle or surface application. Thats whats up this week, NASA For more on these and other stories follow us on the web.