The Mars 2020 rover is scheduled to launch in July or August 2020. The mission will land on the Red Planet's Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, where it will begin its search for signs of habitable environments and evidence of past microbial life. The rover will also collect samples and study Mars' climate and geology, according to the statement.
"To fulfill the mission's ambitious science goals, we need the Mars 2020 rover to cover a lot of ground," Katie Stack Morgan, Mars 2020 deputy project scientist, said in the statement.
The rover has six wheels that are designed for added durability. During the drive test, the rover conquered small inclines. The next drive the Mars 2020 will take will be on the rugged Martian surface.