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NASA to launch new Mars rover in 2020

Posted on Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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Curiosity is to be joined on Mars by a second rover based on the same design as its predecessor.

The success of Curiosity has spurred on plans to launch a second rover of the same type in 2020. Most of the technologies from the first mission will be used again including NASA's rocket-powered crane landing system which was tested on Mars for the first time when Curiosity landed back in August. The new rover however will be equipped with new science instruments and land at a different location on the Red Planet to expand upon research opportunities for scientists.

Because the design has already been successfully tested and thanks to the availability of several spare components including a nuclear battery, the new rover will be quicker and cheaper to produce than its predecessor with a budget of $1.5 billion as oppose to the $2.5 billion spent on Curiosity.

"The US space agency (Nasa) says it will launch a new rover to Mars in 2020."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Nuke_em on 5 December, 2012, 4:13
Waspie what do you think of a MarsOne project? By the time NASA will send their rover the Marsone project will be already in motion, based on their projects timeline.
Comment icon #2 Posted by 27vet on 6 December, 2012, 10:54
They should be sending supplies there already for a manned mission.
Comment icon #3 Posted by grc on 7 December, 2012, 19:40
They should be sending supplies there already for a manned mission. Of course! IMO they are just wasting money, time and brain power with these toys. If we really want to learn something about Mars we should send people and equipment there. They should stop financing this rubbish and concentrate on a manned mission to Mars and BACK. With the technology available I'm convinced it is possible. NASA please make the next "giant step"!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 December, 2012, 20:34
Waspie what do you think of a MarsOne project? By the time NASA will send their rover the Marsone project will be already in motion, based on their projects timeline. In my opinion MarsOne has slightly less chance of getting of the ground than an ostrich. I think they are hugely underestimating the complexities and therefore the costs of getting a manned mission to Mars and regularly restocking the colonists with food . We have no idea whether it will be possible to grow food on Mars. There are still too many unknowns about how the human body will cope with exposure to reduced gravity. Curiosi... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by DONTEATUS on 9 December, 2012, 4:20
Its our mission as Humans to Explore ,Mars Will be a great place to See where we can go ! Like they say "JUST DO IT " Print more money,send man to Mars See what comes of it ! THis is the way we all should look at Growth! By setting Goals proceeding and then on to the Next Missions ! We might just figure out how to get along on this planet along the way ! Common Goals uncommon Dreams !

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