NASA Hoping To Uncover Alien Fossils On Mars With New Rover

NASA Hoping To Uncover Alien Fossils On Mars With New Rover

NASA Hoping To Uncover Alien Fossils On Mars With New Rover

The team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California fired up the Mars 2020 rover and allowed to to drive around the Spacecraft Assembly Facility clean room. After it arrives at the Cape, Mars 2020 will undergo final processing and testing before launch. Along with this, various devices are also being sent to help understand the nature of the surface of Mars. This enables scientists to identify the chemical composition of rocks and soil that the rover encounters in the Mars area. It can move around 180 meters on a Martian day. Even though the presence of these organic compounds is not conclusive evidence of alien life that once harbored on the Red Planet, experts believe that this discovery could help upcoming missions to find a flawless place to look for traces of life.

"And so it was much more conducive to the types of simple single cell life that evolved here on Earth at that time", Wallace said.

Although the 2020 rover (which will be named soon) has the basic design of the Mars Curiosity rover, it has more sophisticated scientific instruments than Curiosity, to characterize Mars's climate, geology, and chemistry, and to search for signs of past microbial life, it has a very specific, new objective.

The information comes soon after NASA announced that its now decommissioned Mars rover, Opportunity, sent one last handsome scenery shot of the alien planet to the space agency before it died.

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The problem was system failure accelerated by power loss during a catastrophic, planet-wide dust storm that covered the Mars rover last summer.

"I think of it, really, as the first human precursor mission to Mars", said Wallace. These samples will be sealed inside tubes, which will be behind on Mars' surface where a future mission could pick them up and transport them to earth for further studies by scientists.

NASA's Mars 2020 will remain active for at least one Martian year, which is around two years on Earth. The instrument also will determine mineralogy of the Martian surface and assist with rover operations, developed by the Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA. Gruel explained that the process was necessary so that no unwanted material from the earth is mixed up with the samples collected from Mars.

This six-wheeled rover, which is yet to get an official name, does look more close to the last one, and that was dubbed Curiosity.

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