Teide caldera becomes testing ground for NASA device heading for Mars

Photo: IGN.

The Spanish National Geographic Institute has announced that it has taken part this last week in a test of the MEDA device – the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer – an instrument that will be on board NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover which will analyse dust, weather, and morphology on the red planet. IGN says that the device has been developed entirely by the Spanish National Technical Aerospace Institute along with academic researchers, all of whom also attended the tests. These took place in the Teide caldera where testers also set up a temporary recording installation which will check over the next fortnight that the system is operating correctly.

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