The Mars 2020 rover will search for life while generating its own oxygen

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NASA has its next rover all planned out. On Thursday, the agency revealed seven implements that will be sent on the Mars 2020 mission. These include two instruments for detecting organic compounds, sensors for measuring environmental conditions, and an experimental device designed to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. In addition, the rover will be equipped with “a ground-penetrating radar that will provide centimeter-scale resolution of geologic structure of the subsurface.” It will cost an estimated $130 million to develop these items.

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