The Mars 2020 mission that the POT to the red planet takes off this Thursday from Cape Canaveral with technology developed by the University of Valladolid, specifically the calibration of the SuperCam device that will carry the rover or spacecraft ‘Perseverance’ on its mast.
He mission objective will be to analyze the surface of Mars looking for biological remains, select samples for your future return to earth and prepare the way for future missions to the red planet.
The calibration system of the SuperCam has been directed and developed at the University of Valladolid, specifically by a team led by UVA researcher Fernando Rull, at the headquarters of the UVA-CSIC Associated Unit at the Astrobiology Center located in the INDITI Building in the Boecillo Technology Park, as reported by the academic institution through a statement sent to Europa Press.
This takeoff will culminate a work carried out at the University of Valladolid after the first agreement signed between the UVA and NASA in 2015
The SuperCam will also collaborate in the selection of samples for your future return to earth when return missions are possible. The Mars 2020 mission, specifically, will be in charge of looking for signs of whether the red planet had the appropriate conditions to host life and of finding signs of past microbial life.
Almost nine years have passed since NASA sent the Curiosity rover to Mars, and this time, the Perseverance rover, the most advanced robot NASA has ever sent to the Martian surface, will be launched from the Florida station at Cape Canaveral.
With the launch of this mission ends a long scientific and technical work led by the UVA in which INTA and CAB, the Complutense Universities of Madrid, Bilbao and Malaga and the AVS company of Elgoibar, in charge of industrial development, have collaborated.
This work has been carried out thanks to the support of the Ministry, the University of Valladolid and various institutions such as the Junta de Castilla y León, Diputación, Ayuntamiento, Chamber of Commerce and Social Council.