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von Kármán Lecture - Making a Mars Rover

Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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What are the steps in getting the Mars 2020 rover mission ready to head to Mars, and how do we prepare for operations once we're there? This month's talk will walk through activities leading up to the mission's planned liftoff in July: build, test, transport and launch.

We'll then transition to a primer on how JPL uses Mars analog test facilities on Earth for operating the rovers once they're on the Red Planet. Join us to hear about how we recreate different aspects of the Mars environment and test using stand-ins and "stunt doubles" for our spacecraft.

About the Series

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after JPL's founder, and presented by JPL's Office of Communication and Education, brings the excitement of the space program's missions, instruments and other technologies to both JPL employees and the local community. Lectures normally take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL's Theodore von Kármán Auditorium and are streamed live online, and Friday lectures take place in Beckman Auditorium at Caltech. Both start at 7:00 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.Online registration via Eventbrite is requested for the lectures held at Caltech. There is no online registration for the lectures held at JPL. Admission and parking are free for all lectures.Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

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