Mars missions should not be a surprise to us. This rover being sent to Mars is a precursor to a human mission, and while we don’t have timing yet, I’m quite sure that we’ll see something soon. Exciting excerpts talk about creating oxygen (needed for living and returning); a future two way trip to bring back samples; and the analysis techy tools that will be providing information.

The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle. The rover has been constructed in a large, sterile room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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