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Mars Astrobiology Field Lab Rover Mission to Mars

Goals: This robotic rover would search for habitable zones on Mars by following traces of water and carbon. The rover would conduct detailed analysis of geologic environments identified by the Curiosity rover as being conducive to life on Mars and the signs of life, past and present.

Accomplishments: This mission is a concept only.

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This is a mission concept. No launch date has been determined yet.
Fast Facts
MAFL Facts The rover will search for chemistry associated with life, also known as biosignatures, such as carbon-based compounds along with molecules involving both sulfur and nitrogen.

Mars is a natural first target in the robotic exploration and search for extraterrestrial life. It is the most Earth-like of all the worlds in our solar system.

Mars is cold and dry now, but evidence shows it may have once had a warmer, wetter past.
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