The robot will be sent to the red planet in three years
The NASA presented an artistic concept that shows for the first time the future of the Mars rover mission 2020.
The robot is the size of a Mini Cooper and will have a drill that can pick up samples of the most promising rocks and soils in their quest for signs of habitable conditions and signs of past microbial life on Mars. Another new feature is that the rover will be able to record sounds.
NASA scientists are currently evaluating three possible landing sites for the rover: the crater Jezero, an ancient delta carved out of an ancient lake basin; The Columbia Hills, the site of the mineral hot springs; And Syrtis Major, an ancient volcano.
The Mars 2020 launch is scheduled for July or August 2020 aboard a United Alliance Atlas V rocket.