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05/04/2020 – Ephemeris – NASA mission preparations this month

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This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Monday, May 4th. Today the Sun will be up for 14 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 8:52, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:26. The Moon, 3 days before full, will set at 5:47 tomorrow morning.

May is a month of preparation for the space community. The Mars 2020 Rover, now named Endurance is getting packed up and balanced in preparation to be loaded into the sky crane and aeroshell, part of the cruise stage for its trip to Mars. It will employ the same landing technique as its predecessor, Curiosity which landed 9 years before in 2012. The launch is scheduled for July 17th to land on February 18th next year. It will deploy a small helicopter as a demonstration. It has many of the tools as Curiosity plus new ones and will cache rocks for future return to the Earth for further analysis. Hopefully by month’s end two NASA astronauts will launch on a Falcon 9 from US soil to the International Space Station.

The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


Mars 2020 Rover "Endurance"

Mars 2020 Rover “Endurance” destined for the martian crater Jezero. Credit NASA.

ars Helicopter "Ingenuity"

Mars Helicopter “Ingenuity” after deployment. Delta of ancient river that flowed into a lake in the Jezero crater. Credit NASA.

Ancient delta flowing into

Delta of ancient river that flowed into a lake in the Jezero crater. Credit NASA.

Crew Dragon docking to the ISS

Crew Dragon docking to the International Space Station during the Demo 1 flight. Credit NASA.


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