Even if you think you're a ninja for fitting a week's worth of clothes into a carry-on bag, you could still learn some things from
. The space agency has been packing up the Perseverance rover for its upcoming epic trip to Mars.
The rover is now one with its rocket-equipped descent stage and protective back shell, two critical components needed to lower the vehicle safely to the surface of the red planet. The back shell also contains the parachute that will help give Perseverance a gentle landing.
NASA posted an image showing the underside of the rover with the descent stage on top. The wheels are protected with a material that will be removed prior to launch.
The experimental Mars helicopter, now named Ingenuity, is safely tucked into the rover's belly. Ingenuity will attempt the first powered flight on another planet.
NASA's update means Perseverance is still on track to launch as early as July with a scheduled arrival at Mars in February 2021. The rover will look for evidence that Mars may have once harbored microbial life. NASA's careful packing job will make sure it gets there safely.
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