12/5/2012
NASA announced Tuesday that it will launch a new Mars rover in 2020. The unmanned rover's chassis and landing system will be based largely on NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been exploring the Red Planet since August. The 2020 rover should help NASA prepare for its eventual goal of bringing samples from Mars back to Earth, an effort most scientists regard as the best way to look for signs of life on the Red Planet. The White House's proposed 2013 federal budget cut funding for NASA's Mars program considerably, causing the agency to scale back and re-plan its Red Planet activities. (Image Credit: NASA)
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