NASA has launched a sneak peek of its new Mars Rover which will embark on a undertaking to search out indicators of life on the red planet in 2020.
Designs of the hi-tech spacecraft the use of artist’s impressions had been launched the day before today at the side of plans for the ground-breaking undertaking.
Similar in look to the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012, the upgraded rover will have seven new tools, redesigned wheels, and extra autonomy, in line with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Jim Watzin, director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, stated: “The indisputable fact that such a lot of the has already been designed, and even already exists, is a big benefit for this undertaking.
“It saves us cash, time and maximum of all, reduces possibility.”
The 2020 undertaking plans to check spaces of the planet regarded as to have as soon as been liveable, looking for indicators of historic microbial life.
According to NASA, inhospitable terrain which as soon as held flowing rivers and lakes greater than three.five billion years in the past will be studied.
The rover will additionally accumulate samples of rock and soil, and set them apart with the function of accumulating them and returning them to Earth in long term missions.
Ken Farley, Mars 2020’s undertaking scientist, added: “Whether life ever existed past Earth is among the grand questions people search to reply to.
“What we be told from the samples gathered right through this undertaking has the prospective to deal with whether or not we are on my own in the universe.”
The rover is about for release in July or August 2020 with an estimated touchdown on Mars in February 2021.