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Questions for Jack Mustard: Helping to shape a new Mars rover

A second-generation rover

Curiosity, the rover that’s on Mars now, demonstrated a landing system that can deliver a rover on Mars that’s ready to go. The new rover, for landing in 2020, will do much more, including collecting samples for eventual return to Earth. Credit: NASA

In 2020, a new-generation Mars rover will land on the Red Planet and gather much more detailed data than Curiosity, which is on Mars now. NASA revealed details about the new rover at a news conference Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Brown University’s Jack Mustard chaired the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team.