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New Mars rover will visit perfect spot to find signs of life, says scientists

On some sunny day next summer, in front of a crowd at Kennedy Space Centre, a rocket carrying Nasa s next, best hope at finding life on Mars will launch into the sky. Seven months later, the car-size Mars 2020 rover will touch down near Jezero Crater, a dried-up lake in Mars northern hemisphere. With its six wheels and suite of high-tech instruments, it will scour the surrounding rocks for evidence that alien microbes once lived on the Red Planet. Decades of surveying Mars with orbiting probes, landers and rovers has revealed the planet once harboured a thick atmosphere and water on its surface. Researchers have even discovered traces of complex organic molecules - possible building blocks...

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