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Everything you need to know about the Mars 2020 rover

Mars 2020 rover
The Mars 2020 rover on display at the 52nd International Paris Air Show on June 23, 2017. (Photo: Yuriko Nakao/Getty Images)

NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars 2020 rover, is set to launch in July 2020. The rover is designed to sniff out signs of past life on Mars.

Driving the news: NASA engineers are expected to install two high-definition cameras on the rover this week, per NASA. The Mastcam-Z will serve as the rover’s eyes, aiding in the spacecraft's movements and observations.

NASA looks to private companies to help commercialize low-Earth orbit

The International Space Station. Photo: NASA
The International Space Station. Photo: NASA

While NASA’s high-profile, expensive missions anchor the space agency’s plans for exploration, the agency is also supporting a number of private companies in their bids to commercialize space.

Driving the news: A number of NASA announcements in the past week have specifically broadened the roles the agency’s commercial partners will play in the future of spaceflight.