Things are Stacking up for Mars 2020

As the July 2020 launch date inches closer, the next spacecraft headed to the Red Planet is assembled for more testing.MORE

Get to Know the Next Mars Rover

Learn how NASA's next Mars rover will collect compelling rock samples.Watch Video ›Mission Overview ›

Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests

The first helicopter to fly on Mars had its first flight on Earth.MORE

Putting Mars 2020 to the Test

Engineers put Mars 2020 the mission's cruise, entry capsule, descent stage and rover through their paces.MORE

Mars 2020 Target: Jezero Crater

An animated flyover of the Martian surface explains why Mars' Jezero Crater, a 28-mile-wide ancient lake-delta system, is the best place for Mars 2020 to find and collect promising samples for a possible future return to Earth.Watch Video
Countdown
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July 17 2020
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Mission Facts

Mars 2020 Artist's Concept
Launch Window July 17 - Aug. 5, 2020 Launch Location Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Landing Feb. 18, 2021 Landing Site Jezero Crater, Mars Mission Duration At least one Mars year (about 687 Earth days)

The Rover

Mars 2020 Image

The rover has a new, more capable wheel design, among other improvements. For the first time, the rover carries a drill for coring samples from Martian rocks and soil.

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