Published at EvansOnline.com Posted by Riley
In recent news, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have landed a new rover on Mars. A huge feat for the team and a great accomplishment for the scientific community. Here at Evans, we played a small part in bringing the Perseverance Rover to the red planet. But first, let’s talk about what the rover will be doing on Mars and the amazing instruments it holds on board! The rover was manufactured by JPL and was launched from Earth back in July of 2020.
What Will “Percy” the Rover be doing on Mars?
Perseverance is nicknamed Percy and is a car-sized rover that landed on Mars in the Jezero crater on February 18th of this year (2021). It is designed to explore the red planet and search for biosignatures in the soil then return those samples to Earth. This will be the first launch ever attempted from another planet and the first-time samples from another planet have been returned to Earth. There are more firsts on this mission including the Ingenuity helicopter which will be the first powered flight on another planet. The rover also carries a device named “Moxie” which produces oxygen from Martian CO2 in preparation for humans landing on Mars.
We are very excited for the future of space exploration and to see the successful landing of the rover on the red planet. In our own small way, we have supported the Jet Propulsion Laboratory over the last 14 years by designing and manufacturing their control room setup. If you have seen the dark consoles with blue lighting on TV and in the news, then you now know exactly where they came from.
Evans Support of Science and Space Exploration at NASA, JPL
Evans is proud of the work we have done with JPL and excited about our work being featured on the news around the world. Our consoles have been used by the JPL teams in Pasadena California since 2007. Our relationship with JPL has thrived over the last 14 years and you may have noticed these consoles in pictures and video on the news and online.
We have worked with NASA for over 27 years and are excited to continue our support for both NASA and JPL for many years to come. We look forward to the exciting future of space exploration with a vision for hope and a commitment to our customers. Evans is proud of the impact we make at NASA and around the globe. Congratulations on the successful landing!