G’day, Mars enthusiasts!
From NASA — Mars2020 Launch
Even though COVID-19 restrictions are keeping Kennedy Space Center off-limits for most of us, the Mars2020 rover launch is scheduled to go forward as planned. Currently, the rover is tentatively scheduled to launch on Monday, July 20, around 9 a.m. Eastern Time (6 a.m. Pacific Time). As always, this depends on the weather in Florida! But NASA will be livestreaming the launch via their usual channels. You can get more info here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/launch/watch-online/
From NESSP — “Meet an Expert” series
We have no sessions of “Meet an Expert” coming up, but that makes this a great time to catch up on ones you missed!
- Mission Control — Ben Honey: https://nwessp.org/resources/post/roads-freestyle-meet-an-expert-4-ben-honey-from-houstons-mission-control-may-15-2020/
(Ben also shared three great videos with us during our chat. They’re all on YouTube and we’ve linked them in the post above!)
- “Meet an Expert” archives: https://nwessp.org/resources/category/sme/
From NESSP — Mars challenge updates
ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
The ROADS on Mars Student Challenge remains on hold — but not forever! Stay tuned for an announcement later this month on how we’re rebooting the ROADS on Mars challenge so that teams can finish their missions.
ROADS Freestyle Challenge
The ROADS Freestyle Challenge scoring process is nearly complete and we should be announcing winners by mid-June. All teams will receive an email and prize-winning teams will be announced on our website.
Can we see Mars in the sky yet? It’s still an early-dawn object, but if you happen to be up you’ll find it if you look east-southeast to south. Mars is currently in the constellation Aquarius and is growing brighter and larger every week.
Stay safe! Keep your rovers at the ready. And above all — have FUN.