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Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip

Mars landing comes down to final 6 minutes of 6-month trip

The US space agency's mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface is scheduled to launch in July 2020. This was announced Wednesday at a press conference, broadcast on the NASA website, a representative of the jet propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena (California) Rob Grover.

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Mars 2020 is created to land inside the crater and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth for further analysis, perhaps by the later 2020s.

Scientists expect Mars 2020 to yield at least five different types of rock, including the kinds of clays and carbonates that are most likely to preserve chemical biosignatures.

Gale Crater, with its many layers of sediment, was chosen to tell the story of how Mars transitioned from a warm, wet planet to the frigid and dusty one it is today.

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Instead of having an analytical laboratory on board - like Curiosity has - Mars 2020 is created to look at rocks on a finer scale, seeing what bio signatures are preserved. "Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionise how we think about Mars and its ability to harbour life".

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"Landing on Mars is exciting, but scientists are looking forward to the time after InSight lands", said Lori Glaze, Acting Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA headquarters.

On the question of whether there were any measures in case of battery will not be revealed, he replied that the on-Board batteries provide power only during one Martian day (more than 30 minutes longer than earth's).

A similar discovery would mark a new era in the exploration of Mars, which started in 1965 when the United States launched its first mission to the red planet.

Certain features of the Earth - such as plate tectonics which roil the terrain periodically - and flowing water which washes away ancient artifacts, actually make the search to understand early microbial life easier on Mars than on Earth.

"Nothing has been more hard in robotic planetary exploration than landing on Mars", said Zurbuchen.

And in the 2020s, NASA's next rover is likely to be joined by the European Space Agency's first rover, which is part of the European-Russian ExoMars exploration campaign.


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