The objectives of this mission are currently under consideration. NASA has tasked a science definition team 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 objectives.
The science definition team may be considering primary mission objectives, such as:
A. Explore an astrobiologically relevant ancient environment on Mars to decipher its geological processes and history, including the assessment of past habitability and potential preservation of possible biosignatures.
B. In situ science: Search for potential biosignatures within that geological environment and preserved record.
C. Demonstrate significant technical progress towards the future return of scientifically selected,well-documented samples to Earth.
D. Provide an opportunity for contributed HEOMD or Space Technology Program (STP) participation, compatible with the science payload and within the mission's payload capacity.