Goals: This highly capable rover would be based on NASA's successful Mars Science Laboratory mission architecture, including its Curiosity rover and proven sky crane landing system. Designed to advance high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, the mission would address key questions about the potential for life on Mars. The mission would also provide opportunities to gather knowledge and demonstrate technologies that address the challenges of future human expeditions to Mars.
This mission is part of a series of robotic missions to the Red Planet that support the Mars Exploration Program's science theme of "Seeking Signs of Life" and its four main science goals
Development Status: Following established processes of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, the science planning process has begun with the establishment of a science definition team, which is tasked to outline the mission's objectives and the strategies to achieve them, including developing a realistic surface operations scenario, suggestions for threshold science measurements that would meet the proposed objectives, and a proof-of-concept instrument suite. NASA's plans include openly competing the opportunity for the mission's specific payload and science instruments.