Rover Design Revealed for Mars Rock Retrieval

“Nasa will send a rover to Mars in 2020. This will search for interesting materials, drilling and scooping them from the surface and caching them in canisters. These will be dropped at various depot points. There could be 30-plus of these pen-sized tubes awaiting pick-up.” "The vehicle will have to cover large distances using a high degree of autonomy, planning its own path ahead day after day," said Ben Boyes, who will lead the feasibility team at Airbus. BBC News. Photos, courtesy of News show the rover, collection equipment and an illustration of what will be the first interplanetary rocket launch from Mars. For more detail, please view the BBC report by clicking here.