Mars Videos & Animations
October 15, 2018
So, you want to study Mars with a lander or rover - but where exactly do you send it? Learn how scientists and engineers tackle this question in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
October 09, 2018
What does NASA do to get a rover ready for Mars? JPL's paint shop does a thousand different paint jobs a year. And while every piece of spacecraft that comes through the shop is important, one headed for the Red Planet adds a little extra oomph. For more about the Mars 2020 mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020.
May 24, 2018
What's the latest news from Mars? NASA's InSight lander and MarCO CubeSats are on their way to the Red Planet, a tiny helicopter will hitch a ride with the Mars 2020 rover mission, and Curiosity's drill is back in business! For more Mars exploration updates, visit https://mars.nasa.gov .
May 11, 2018
The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration that will fly as a secondary payload with the Mars 2020 mission. It will demonstrate the potential of aerial flight on Mars, which may enable more ambitious missions in the future.
February 26, 2018
NASA's Curiosity finds crystals, Opportunity celebrates her 5,000th day on Mars and the MarCO smallsats get solar arrays.
December 07, 2017
Peer over the shoulders of NASA engineers as they build hardware for NASA's Mars 2020 mission. This 360 video transports you to the historic Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Engineer Emily Howard narrates as you walk around the cruise stage, which will fly the 2020 rover to the Red Planet, and the descent stage, which will lower the rover to the Martian surface. Note: Not all browsers support viewing 360 videos. For more information on the mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020
November 28, 2017
In just a couple of years, NASA's newest rover will be flying to Mars. The Mars 2020 mission will use the next generation of science and landing technology to collect rock samples for possible return by a future mission.
November 14, 2017
The first flight of an advanced supersonic parachute system for Mars 2020-NASA's next Mars rover. The test took place on Oct. 4, 2017, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia. At the moment of full inflation, the parachute is going 1.8 times the speed of sound or nearly 1,300 miles an hour, and generating nearly 35,000 pounds of drag force-drag that would be necessary to help slow a payload down as it was entering the Martian atmosphere. This is the first of several tests in support of NASA's Mars 2020 mission. For more information, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020 .
November 29, 2016
This artist's concept video shows NASA's Mars 2020 rover raising its head (its mast) and reaching out its robotic arm.
August 20, 2015
2015 marks 50 years of successful NASA missions to Mars starting with Mariner 4 in 1965. Since then, a total of 15 robotic missions led by various NASA centers have laid the groundwork for future human missions to the Red Planet. The journey to Mars continues with additional robotic missions planned for 2016 and 2020, and human missions in the 2030s.
July 09, 2013
A team of scientists and engineers gives proposals for NASA's 2020 Mars rover mission.
March 20, 2013
How can you communicate with Mars spacecraft when the Sun is in the way? Learn more about 'solar conjunction' in this 60-second video.