NRS is going to Mars
No, we’re not opening a new imaging center on the red planet, and we’re not training our radiologists to read the diagnostic images of little green men. However, the Neighborhood Radiology Services name will be etched onto a microchip embedded within the life-hunting Mars 2020 rover, which is scheduled to be launched during the summer of 2020 and arrive on the surface of Mars in February 2021.
Using an electron beam, technicians at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA will etch our name onto the microchip in lines of text that are smaller than a human hair.
The rover is designed to hunt for signs of life that may have once existed on the planet, characterize the planet’s geology, search for water or ice beneath the surface and test a new device that will generate oxygen from Mars’ thin, carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere.
Hey—if the oxygen device works, we may someday be opening an imaging center there after all!