#Mission Name: Mars 2020 #Rover Name: #Perseverance Main Job: Seek signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith (broken rock and soil) for possible return to Earth. Launch: July 30, 2020 Landing: Feb. 18, 2021, Jezero Crater, Mars
Over the past two decades, missions flown by #NASA’s #Mars#Exploration Program have shown us that Mars was once very different from the cold, dry #planet it is today.
Evidence discovered by landed and orbital missions point to wet conditions billions of years ago. These environments lasted long enough to potentially support the development of #microbial#life.