NASA plans to send a new rover to Mars in 2020, reports the BBC. The device will be developed based on the rover Curiosity, which explores the “ red planet “from August 2012, it will use the technology that has proved to be as successful. As explained by the director on scientific programs NASA John Grunsfeld, in particular, will be re-used chassis with energy and support systems Curiosity and a mechanism that lowered the rover on the surface of the Gale Crater on nylon ropes.
The new tools will be used, their exact composition will be announced in the summer of 2013 Grunsfeld said that while it seems that 2020 will not come soon, in fact it is not. The program’s budget in 2020 will be about $ 1.5 billion ( approximately, for alleged price in 2015), while the current rover cost the agency $ 2.5 billion due to cuts in funding NASA has refused to launch rovers in 2016 and 2018 .