An ambitious unmanned space mission is coming soon.
And it won’t be made by anyone from NASA or SpaceX.
Rather, a team of engineers from the University of Michigan, a partner of NASA’s Deep Space Gateway program, and the Chinese government are developing a rover to take samples from the Martian surface, including rocks and soil.
The rover, dubbed the MSSO, will land in the Gale Crater, a large crater that has been a hotbed of activity in recent decades.
MSSOs are small vehicles with no propellant to propel them into the Martian atmosphere.
Instead, the rover will use its gravity to pull up a small parachute and send it down.
NASA and SpaceX are working to build a robotic rover that will land on the Martian Surface, but will it actually land?
We asked the experts who are building the MSA to help answer this question.
We asked a dozen of them to weigh in on the topic, as well as provide some more detail on the team’s plan.
How big will the MESA be?