NASA gives Mars 2020 rover its legs and wheels


While all six wheels have engines, the front and rear have steering motors that will allow the Mars 2020 to make a full 360-degree turn in place. In addition, the suspension system can withstand slopes of up to 45 degrees in any direction, so the rover can drive on very large rocks without overturning. The team will only use the current wheels for testing, and they will be switched to ready-to-fly models next year.

In the coming weeks, the team will also install the robotic arm of the vehicle, its mast-mounted camera, as well as its other engines and components made to collect rock samples and Martian soil. If all goes well with its tests, Mars 2020 will begin its journey to the red planet in July of next year.


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