The Next Mission to Mars: Mars 2020

In 2020, NASA will send a new rover to the Martian surface with one of its objectives to search for evidence of ancient life on the planet. I made this clip as a correspondent for Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.

Touring the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena was an awesome experience. I didn't think we were going to get into the control room but we got lucky. Some of the greatest moments in the history of space exploration have taken place there. They have a giant vacuum chamber where they can take the rover down to the atmospheric pressure on Mars (roughly .01x Earth's atmosphere) and test all of the devices to make sure there are no electrical discharges due to the reduced pressure. I also enjoyed seeing how the rocks will be cored and stored in tubes and deposited on the Martian surface awaiting pickup by the following mission.

Images courtesy of NASA.

Filmed by Raquel Nuno from 3:30 onwards.

Music: "Serene Story 2" Sandwich Bag Fire Starter. The Best and Worst Prediction in Science. THE SECRET STORY OF PLANET MARS - Documentary HD. Welcome to Mars - PBS NOVA. Welding in Space. Indestructible Coating?! How Long Will You Live? Our Greatest Delusion. Mars or the Moon - Where do NASA manned missions go next? The Absurdity of Detecting Gravitational Waves.

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