If all goes according to plan, NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is set to set a record,media BGR reported. The rover sent to Mars will be able to perform missions that other machines on Mars cannot perform, meaning many exciting discoveries are on the horizon. Mars 2020, for example, will collect samples of Martian soil, and NASA will eventually bring it back to Earth for research, which would be incredible.
In a new video released by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the agency details the construction of the Mars 2020 rover and conducts an in-depth study of the systems that will allow it to collect soil samples and prepare them for follow-up missions.
The rover will collect soil samples from multiple locations on the surface of Mars and store them in one location once enough samples are collected. Subsequent missions will reach the sample drop-off site, prepare samples for the journey back to Earth, and then launch them into space. Meanwhile, the 2026 launch will launch a new Mars orbiter to Earth, where it will actually collect samples and bring them back to Earth.
It’s an extremely complex project, but NASA and the European Space Agency are confident about it. If they succeed, scientists on Earth will eventually have the chance to study the material on the surface of Mars for themselves, which could mean more exciting secrets waiting to be revealed.
The Mars 2020 mission will officially begin this summer. The probe will arrive on Mars in early 2021, when the mission will actually begin.