Print your own NASA Mars Perseverance Rover & Ingenuity

NASA has successfully launched their Mars 2020 Persevance Rover on 30 July. While waiting the Rover to land the Red Planet in Feb 2021, NASA has released their Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter 3D model to the public so we can print out our own one.

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Download Link: https://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/detail/M2020-Model-Rover-STLs512020

Ingenuity Helicopter Download Link: https://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/detail/ingenuity_thumb

NASA Mars 2020 Perservance Rover
NASA Ingenuity Helicopter

It has been breathtaking for some of those astronomy fans, like myself, to see the Perseverance rover taking off to somewhere which was so far away but technology made it looks closer.

The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life. The mission will collect and store a set of rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth in the future. It will also test new technology to benefit future robotic and human exploration of Mars.

Key Objectives

  • Explore a geologically diverse landing site
  • Assess ancient habitability
  • Seek signs of ancient life, particularly in special rocks known to preserve signs of life over time
  • Gather rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth by a future NASA mission
  • Demonstrate technology for future robotic and human exploration

See NASA’s next Mars rover quite literally coming together inside a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This behind-the-scenes look at what goes into building and preparing a rover for Mars, including extensive tests in simulated space environments, was captured from March to July 2019. The rover is expected to launch to the Red Planet in summer 2020 and touch down in February 2021. For more information on the Mars 2020 mission, go to: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

Morning Launch for Mars 2020 Persverance: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance rover lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 at 7:50 a.m. EDT on July 30, 2020. Credit: United Launch Alliance.

Morning Launch for Mars 2020 Persverance: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on board launches from Space Launch Complex 41, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover began its long journey to Mars today by successfully launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a ULA Atlas V rocket. It now begins its seven-month journey to the Red Planet, landing there on Feb. 18, 2021. Perseverance will seek signs of ancient microbial life on Mars along with collecting samples for future return to Earth and demonstrating key technologies to help prepare for future robotic and human exploration. Also flying with Perseverance is NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, which will attempt to show controlled flight is possible in the very thin Martian atmosphere.

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