NASA’s next Mars rover will generate oxygen and collect rocks to bring back to Earth

July 31, 2014 5:46 PM

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NASA’s next Mars rover will generate oxygen and collect rocks to bring back to Earth

NASA plans to send a new rover to Mars in just six years. And while its body will look very similar to the Curiosity robot already rolling across Mars‘ surface, today NASA officials outlined the scientific instruments the rover will carry that give it a totally new set of abilities.

The 2020 rover will complement Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity’s missions to determine if life ever could have or did exist on Mars, but will also help humans come into contact with Martian soil for the first time. It will carry a caching system for storing interesting rock samples that could some...

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