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The company provided test and measurement equipment for the Mars Perseverance rover landing.

COURTESY PHOTO: NASA/JPL-CALTECH - This high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA's Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18. Tektronix, a company headquarted in Beaverton, provided test and measurement equipment for the Mars rover mission.

A Beaverton company is celebrating a project that is out of this world.

Test and measurement equipment built by Tektronix played a key role in the buildout of the Mars Perseverance rover. The rover landed on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18 — Earth time — and is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life, according to NASA, the agency in charge of the mission.

The mission is to collect and store a set of rock and soil samples that could be returned to Earth in the future. NASA's key objectives for the mission include exploring a geologically diverse landing site and demonstrating technology for future robotic and human exploration.

"It's super-exciting because … we are all about enabling innovation with these engineers," said Tektronix spokesperson Chris Loberg. "When we see that we're enabling innovation in the realm of Mars landing, it just blows my mind."

The scope NASA is using for its mission is Tektronix's MSO500, which is designed for engineers debugging and verifying complex systems. The scope also provides an accurate signal and advanced analysis and math capabilities.

Tektronix's website lists the product's price range from $19,500 to $38,000.

COURTESY PHOTO: NASA/JPL-CALTECH - The first high-resolution color image to be sent back by the hazard cameras on the underside of NASA's Perserverance Mars rover after landing on Thursday, Feb. 18. Tektronix, a company in Beaverton, played a role in the mission.

Loberg remembers seeing a screen grab of a video showing the scope in NASA's control room, he said. The spokesperson added that it was a big motivator for all of the employees in Beaverton.

"Thank you all at Tektronix for what you do," said NASA in a message. "Today is just a moment in time, but it shows what is possible and the amazing amount of effort and teamwork everyone put in to make landing on another planet such a success."

The Perseverance rover will spend at least two years exploring Mars.

Tektronix says it looks forward to working with NASA for more awe-inspiring projects in the future.

COURTESY PHOTO: NASA/JPL-CALTECH - Members of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission were jubilant on Thursday, Feb. 18, after the spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars. They are in mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

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