"Mars 2020 rover gets updated concept art"
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Mars 2020 rover gets updated concept art
NASA's third Mars rover is one step closer to reality.
It doesn't have a super cool name like Opportunity or Curiosity yet, but the Mars 2020 rover does have some really awesome concept art.
This artist render is the newest look at NASA's future Mars rover.
NASA featured the concept as an image of the day, and refreshed our collective memories as to the rover's landscape ability It'll be searching for habitable conditions and microbial life from the red planet's ancient past.
The Mars 2020 Rover takes a lot of its design cues from Curiosity.
But there's a new drill on board that will collect rock and soil samples.
In addition, its wheels have been reworked so hopefully we won't be experiencing as much wear and tear as time goes on.
The concept will continue to evolve as we get closer to the robot's planned launch in mid 2020.
One of NASA's goals with this robot is to access potential hazards and resources for future human explorers, and [UNKNOWN] nicely with NASA's plan to send a crew to Mars in the 2030.
As for where this Robot will land once it gets to the red planet.
NASA has got it's sites narrowed down to three potential spots.
North East Syrtis, an ancient part of the planet surface, Jezero crater which used to have a marsh and lake and Colombia hills which may have been home to an ancient hot spring.
I don't know about you guys but a motion hot spring sounds Pretty relaxing.
We'll be keeping a close eye on the development of the Mars 2020 Rover on CNET.
I'm Ashley Esqueda.
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