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Fracture detected during Mars 2020 rover heat shield testing

Submit on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 22:58

A post-test inspection of the composite structure for a heat shield to be used on the Mars 2020 mission revealed that a fracture occurred during structural testing. The mission team is working to build a replacement heat shield structure. The situation will not affect the mission’s launch readiness date of 17 July 2020.

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