Science instruments onboard the Perseverance rover.Illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars.A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.Mission planners would potentially leverage aspects of the Curiosity rover design for a Mars mission designed to launch in 2020. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech A close-up view of an engineering model of SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals), one the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.
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Illustration of NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars.NASA
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41, Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet.NASA/Joel Kowsky
Mission planners leveraged aspects of the Curiosity rover design for the Mars 2020 mission.NASA/JPL-Caltech
A close-up view of an engineering model of SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals), one the instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover. Located on the end of the rover's robotic arm, this instrument features an auto-focusing camera (pictured) that shoots black-and-white images used by SHERLOC's color camera, called WATSON (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering), to zero in on rock textures. SHERLOC also has a laser, which aims for the dead center of rock surfaces depicted in WATSON's images. The laser uses a technique called Raman spectroscopy to detect minerals in microscopic rock features; that data is then superimposed on WATSON's images. These mineral maps help scientists determine which rock samples Perseverance should drill so that they can be sealed in metal tubes and left on the Martian surface for a future mission to return to Earth.NASA/JPL-Caltech
As seen in this artist's concept, the SHERLOC instrument is located on the end of the robotic arm of NASA's Perseverance Mars rover.
Mission name: Mars 2020

Mars 2020 Mission

The Mars 2020 mission's Perseverance Rover will provided details about the potential for life on Mars, both past and present.

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NASA Announces Landing Site for Mars 2020 RoverNovember 20, 2018
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