It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but if you’re looking for a robotic space mission to land on Mars, you’re not going to find it anywhere near the Moon.
It’s called lander LR3, and its mission will take up to a year to complete.
It is intended to be the most ambitious rover mission to date.
Its mission was first announced in November 2013, when it successfully landed on the surface of Mars in preparation for the landing of a new robotic lander called the LRO.
The LR3 mission will have its own scientific instruments, as well as be able to use the rover to search for any evidence of past activity by microbes on Mars.
The rover will also be able send back images of the Martian surface, which will help scientists understand the planet’s geological history.
LR3 will also have the capability to make and send out rovers to look for new life forms.
It will be able make a landing on the moon, where there are already rovers on the ground that can search for evidence of ancient microbial life.
“LR3 has the ability to get us to the moon as soon as 2020,” said Scott Bolton, a NASA deputy associate administrator for space exploration.
If all goes to plan, it will take just over two years to complete the mission.
In a statement, the rover’s mission director, Dan Allen, said: “The team is on track to launch the rover in 2021.
Our goal is to land at the moon and return to Earth before the end of this decade.”
The rover will land on a spot known as “The Rock” near the bottom of the Red Planet’s Gale Crater.
The rock has been dubbed “the rock of miracles”, due to its resemblance to the Apollo moon landing sites.
According to NASA, LR3 will have a diameter of around 20m (65ft), which is roughly the same as the diameter of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM).
“This is the largest rover to ever land on the Moon,” Bolton said.
LRO will be powered by two 1.2-metre (4ft) engines, which provide about 100kW (60hp) of power to the rover, while the rover will have six motors, including two for the lander.
As the landers descent to the surface, they will be used to drill holes in the rock, where they will collect samples and analyze them for signs of ancient life.
It is the biggest mission to the land on land, which is why it will be named after the Apollo 17 astronauts.
While the LR3 lander will land safely on the Mars surface, it may not be the last of its kind.
One of the landable rover missions that could land on other worlds is the land-hunting XPRIZE-Winning Land Rover.
The mission, called LRO-WIN, is slated to land near the surface in 2020, but is expected to return samples for analysis.
There are many other possible landers that NASA is looking at, but they all have their own science payloads that will have to be developed first.
But this lander is set to be a big one, because it will launch from the International Space Station (ISS), and will carry the first rover on the International Mars 2020 mission.
The landing of LR3 means that the US will have sent a new rover to the Red Moon.