If you’ve got been paying out interest to the room engineers readying NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, you might have seen a new surprise visitor in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility clean up space at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California.
A dwell feed of the thoroughly clean home, which streams on the net here, demonstrates technicians in the cleanse room’s white coveralls (frequently referred to as “bunny suits”) caring for the automobile and preparing the Mars machinery to be delivered to its subsequent vacation spot, NASA’s Kennedy Room Middle in Florida.
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But if you ended up paying shut consideration, you might have noticed that 1 of these bunny-suited professionals looks to be frozen in time, standing absolutely nevertheless and putting on a pair of sun shades. This “worker” stays in that exact same spot, hour after hour, day or night time. Could it be a very well-paid (and strangely however) stability guard? A worker inexplicably shunned by their Mars 2020 rover teammates?
Andrew Very good from NASA JPL’s media relations staff cleared up this clean up area mystery.
It turns out that the silent “stand-in” is nearby JPL celeb “Substantial Bay Bob,” a bunny accommodate-clad mannequin, Very good confirmed. The more addition to the clean up room was current for a couple of days holding the hardworking crew corporation.
Higher Bay Bob is long gone now, his departure just as mysterious as his arrival, but you can nonetheless look at the Mars 2020 rover come with each other. To see stay views of Mars 2020 as engineers create the rover, stop by JPL’s “Observe Mars 2020 Appear Together” site right here!
The Mars 2020 rover, which will before long be renamed, is scheduled to launch toward Mars on July 17.
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Leonard David is author of the recently unveiled e book, “Moon Hurry: The New Place Race” printed by Nationwide Geographic in May well 2019. A longtime writer for Room.com, David has been reporting on the space market for more than five many years. Abide by us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Fb.
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