This artist's rendition depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover studying a Mars rock outrcrop.

Launch Date 2020
Launch Site Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
Destination Mars
Type Rover
Status In Development
Nation United States
Alternate Names


Mars 2020 will seek signs of ancient life by studying terrain that is now inhospitable, but once held flowing rivers and lakes, more than 3.5 billion years ago. It also will collect and deposit soil samples for potential future collection by another mission.


This Mars rover is in development

Key Dates

2020: Launch


Launch Vehicle: Atlas V-541

Spacecraft Mass:

Spacecraft Instruments

  1. Mastcam-Z

  2. SuperCam

  3. Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL)

  4. Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals (SHERLOC)

  5. The Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE)

  6. Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA)

  7. Radar Imager for Mars' Subsurface Exploration (RIMFAX)

Additional Resources

NASA Mars Program: Mars 2020

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