This image provides a global "snapshot" of weather patterns across the planet. Here, bluish-white water ice clouds hang above the Tharsis volcanoes. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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The proposed 2020 rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Designed to advance high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, the mission would address key questions about the potential for life on Mars. The mission would also provide opportunities to gather knowledge and demonstrate technologies that address the challenges of future human expeditions to Mars.
Science Goals: This mission is part of a series of robotic missions to the red planet that support the Mars Exploration Program's science theme of "Seeking Signs of Life" and its four main science goals. The specific ways in which this mission would make contributions to science goals are currently under consideration.
Objectives: The objectives of this mission are currently under consideration by a science definition team tasked to outline the mission's objectives, realistic surface operations, a proof-of-concept instrument suite, and suggestions for threshold science measurements that would meet the proposed science objectives.