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Leveraging Heritage Technology: Mars Science Laboratory Cruise Stage and Entry Vehicle
The cruise stage carried NASA's Curiosity rover safely to Mars. The Mars mission launching in 2020 would leverage the design of this system and other aspects of the Mars Science Laboratory architecture. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Using Proven Technologies and Advancing New Ones

Technology development makes missions possible. Each Mars mission is part of a continuing chain of innovation. Each relies on past missions for proven technologies and contributes its own innovations to future missions. This chain allows NASA to push the boundaries of what is currently possible, while still relying on proven technologies.

In terms of relying on proven technologies, this mission would leverage the successful architecture of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, including its entry, descent, and landing system and much of its rover platform.

The mission would potentially advance several technologies, including those related to priorities in the National Research Council's 2011 Decadal Survey and/or human missions to Mars. Plans include infusing new capabilities through investments by NASA's Space Technology Program, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, and contributions from international partners.