Mars 2020 Heat Shield Cracked During Testing

Credit: NASA/JPL
CAPE CANAVERAL—NASA has ordered a replacement heat shield for its Mars 2020 rover, scheduled to launch in July 2020, after inspections revealed the composite structure had fractured during a week-long structural test. Replacing the heat shield, designed to protect the spacecraft during its descent...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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