Mars 2020: NASA is trusting reliable tech from the ’60s for its $2.7 billion Mars mission

NASA needs to make sure that the Perseverance rover has full bars on Mars. In order for the car-sized robot to be able to phone home, the space agency is relying on a trusty communication network built in 1958.

Sonny Giroux, program manager on the Deep Space Network for Peraton, explains how the DSN is like a cellphone provider, albeit significantly more complex.

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