A persevering Mars rover explores the potential of life on the Red Planet. The scientific and technical data it collects is collected and processed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) provider’s cloud as it reaches Earth.
NASA’s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) project is NASA’s first planetary mission to send and manage critical information and telemetry data via the cloud. “NASA JPL leverages the scalability, speed, and reliability of the cloud,” explains Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Public Sector and Global Industries at AWS. “All scientific and technical data from the March 2020 mission can be managed efficiently with it.”
On Thursday, February 18, 2021, NASA’s Persevering Spacecraft will be on the surface of Mars after 7 months and nearly 500 million km. Real estate. “We are excited to be able to support NASA JPL in its mission to persevere,” says Teresa Carlson. »Since the inception of the project, our cloud services have helped capture and share all images and relevant information about the mission. This will answer important questions about the possibility of life on Mars. “
Manage image data over the cloud
The persistent Mars 2020 rover has been sending many images to the NASA team on Earth every day since it completed its first exit from the surface of Mars. The cloud helps process massive amounts of data as well as efficiently archiving and distributing information. This is especially important because the rover relies on video recordings of the NASA team so that it can continue its journey.
“With AWS services, NASA JPL can process critical data on Earth faster than ever,” says Teresa Carlson. “This allows the NASA team to make quick decisions about the condition and safety of the vehicle.” Based on this information, scientists and engineers plan activities for the spacecraft for the next day. So it is imperative for mission success that the team be able to send the following instructions to the rover within a short period of time.
Rapid and efficient data transfer should allow for March 2020 to collect more samples during the main mission and cover longer distances than was the case with previous rovers – an ambitious goal.
1. From Mars to the cloud and back
2. Explore Mars through the mission site