On Dec. 17, 2019, engineers took NASA’s next Mars rover for its first spin. The test took place in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This was the first drive test for the new rover, which will move to Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the beginning of next year to prepare for its launch to Mars in the summer.

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Engineers took NASA's next Mars rover for its first spin.

The test took place at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where the rover was built.

Other Mars 2020 team members watched from above.

The rover is scheduled to launch in summer 2020, and arrive at Mars on Feb. 18, 2021

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