Successor to the 2012 Curiosity rover will likely be equipped with seven new instruments and re-designed wheels
NASA’s subsequent mission to Mars in 2020 will characteristic a souped-up unmanned rover automobile to seek for indicators of historic microbial life in areas of the uninhabitable crimson planet.
The successor to the 2012 Curiosity rover, which might launch in July or August 2020, will likely be geared up with seven new devices and re-designed wheels, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) stated.
The new automobile will examine the Mars terrain, above and under the floor, and accumulate soil and rock samples. “What we study from the samples collected throughout this mission has the potential to deal with whether or not we’re alone within the universe,” stated Ken Farley, a JPL scientist with the Mars 2020 venture.
JPL can be growing a brand new touchdown expertise that can enable the rover to go to websites deemed too dangerous for Curiosity and shave miles off its journey.
NASA has efficiently landed spacecraft on Mars seven occasions and is utilizing the International Space Station to arrange for human missions to the moon and Mars.