NASA launched the assembly of the new Mars rover 2020

Engineers space agency NASA started assembling the new Mars rover, which will go to the Red Planet in July 2020, with the help of the carrier rocket "Atlas 5". Building a new rover will be the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. Roughly the process of assembly of the new autonomous Mars Science Laboratory will take one and a half years.

NASA launched the assembly of the new Mars rover 2020

"Parts and accessories for the rover comes not only from different cities in the US, but also from around the world", - said the head of works on assembly and testing of planetary rovers at JPL David Gryuel Space.com portal.

The source notes that, in particular, a number of scientific instruments manufactured in France, Norway and Spain.

One of the main tasks of which will be placed before the new rover Mars in 2020 (the name is likely to work, and a more appropriate designation rover will receive is likely to once be completed its assembly), would be to search for signs of life on our planetary neighbor.

According to experts of NASA's, "the unit will investigate the geology of Mars, the atmospheric composition, will evaluate natural resources and the threats that may be encountered people during future expeditions to the planet." One of the new scientific instruments rover will be for the production of oxygen from the atmosphere of Mars, consisting mostly of carbon dioxide. In addition, independent lab will produce Martian soil and rock sampling, which in the longer term with the development of the planet will be sent back to Earth for further analysis.

The new rover to get the size of a small car. Its length will be about 3 meters (excluding mechanical robotic arm), width - 2, 7 m, and the height - 2, 2 meters. In this case, the weight will be about 1,050 kilograms, which is about 150 kilograms more than the weigh "Kyuriositi" spent on Mars has more than 2,000 Earth days. By the way, in the development of Mars in 2020, it was decided to borrow a lot of parts and components of the latter.

The final selection of the landing site of the new Mars rover NASA has not yet done, but among the most likely appear cezerye crater, Gusev crater and the north-eastern part of the low shield volcano Syrtis Major.