ASU, NASA prep for mission to Mars Thursday

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“This is a Mars mission like no other that has come before it,” mentioned Jim Bell, an ASU professor intricately concerned within the mission. And that’s saying one thing.

PHOENIX — Can Mars help life? 

As of now, the answer stays unclear. But this Thursday, Arizona State University and NASA are launching the pair’s newest mission to try to answer this urgent question. 

“This is a Mars mission like no other that has come before it,” mentioned Jim Bell, an ASU professor intricately concerned within the mission. 

And that’s saying one thing. According to Bell, there have been practically 50 missions despatched to Mars since 1960. 

“This one is bringing stuff back,” he defined. “We’re going to collect those samples with this Rover.” 

The Rover is dubbed “Perseverance.” It has been within the works for about seven years, starting when ASU gained a contest for its growth of an imaging system, which was then put in on Perseverance. 

Fast ahead to 1 p.m. native time Thursday: “It will come screaming in at tens of thousands of miles an hour through the upper atmosphere and decelerate through friction and a parachute and retrorockets and be just gently set down onto the surface,” Bell mentioned. 

The samples Perseverance collects will probably be briefly left behind. The hope is to in the end have NASA crew up with the Europeans to retrieve them.  

“With samples that we’ll study here at ASU. That’ll go around the world. Hopefully, sometime in the early 2030s to really, really study that evidence for ancient life,” Bell mentioned.