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Idaho National Laboratory could play role in 2020 Mars Rover mission

Idaho National Laboratory could play role in 2020 Mars Rover mission
Posted at 6:37 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 08:37:38-05

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho could play a role in a planned mission to Mars. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) showed off a radioisotope thermoelectric generator, or RTG for short, to kids at the Discovery Center Monday.

If things go according to plan, the RTG will provide heat and power to the 2020 Mars Rover mission.

"Some kids are super interested. Some kids are star-struck that it's on the Rover," said Harmon Veselka, INL mechanical engineer. "And some kids really just eat the astronaut ice cream that we are giving them."

If you want to learn more about the RTG, check out the Idaho National Laboratory's Facebook page.