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Perseverance Mars rover gets its wheels as launch preps continue

1 month ago   |   By Astronomy Now

The Perseverance Mars rover, positioned on its back in a clean room at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is now equipped with its six flight wheels, wrapped in protective foil, as processing continues amid coronavirus restrictions. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Despite NASA-wide work slowdowns or stoppages due to coronavirus, work to ready the $2 billion Perseverance Mars rover for launch in July is continuing at the Kennedy Space Center.
Classified as an “essential” project by NASA management, Perseverance must take off between July 17 and Aug. 5, while Earth and Mars are in favourable...
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