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Mockups of NASA’s newest Mars rover and helicopter will kick off a road trip in Seattle

22 Oct 2021, 22:58 UTC
Mockups of NASA’s newest Mars rover and helicopter will kick off a road trip in Seattle
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Virginia student Alex Mather shows off a mockup of the Perseverance rover at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in July 2020, while Alabama high-school student Vaneeza Rupani points to an Ingenuity helicopter mockup. The students won trips to the Perseverance launch as a reward for naming the two spacecraft. (Photo by Ken Kremer / SpaceUpClose.com)
Seattle’s Museum of Flight says it’ll serve as the first stop on a road trip for NASA’s full-scale replicas of the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter — fdisplay versions of the hardware that’s currently at work on Mars, 242 million miles away.
The SUV-sized rover and its drone-sized piggyback copter landed on the Red Planet in February, and since then they’ve both been surveying the terrain of Jezero Crater, which scientists suspect harbored a potentially habitable lake billions of years ago. The Ingenuity helicopter began taking on exploratory flights in April.
The mockups are due to go in display in the Museum of Flight’s Charles Simonyi Space Gallery starting Oct. 30. Representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be on hand for the opening, which marks the kickoff of NASA’s yearlong “Roving With Perseverance” museum roadshow.
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