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Next Mars Rover Arrives In Florida Ahead Of Launch To Red Planet

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

A robotic explorer is one step closer to Mars. the Mars 2020 rover arrives at Kennedy Space Center Wednesday.

It’s the last stop for the car-sized rover before launching to the red planet this summer.

Mars 2020 was assembled at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California. It’s mission: Uncover signs of life on Mars and identify and collect samples that will be sent back to Earth on a future mission.

A C-17 cargo plane carrying the rover will touch down at KSC’s Launch and Landing Facility formerly known as the Shuttle Landing Facility. It will then move to a payload processing facility before meeting it’s ride to Mars — ULA’s Atlas V Rocket.

NASA is in the final stages of a public contest to rename the rover.


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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »