NASA is preparing to send a lander to Mars, and its goal is to find water, not life, NASA officials said Friday.
In a statement, NASA said the mission is called Lookout Landing.
The lander will be built by a private company called Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.
Lookout is about the size of a small apartment and will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The landing mission will use the spacecraft to study Mars’ terrain and composition, and to find signs of life on the Red Planet.
Lookouts goal is not to find life, but to see if there are water-bearing minerals or trace minerals in the Martian soil, the officials said.NASA has planned for years to send humans to Mars and explore the planet, and NASA plans to send its first human to the Red Mars sometime in the 2030s.
LookOut is the third such mission and the first of its kind in the 2020s, after a NASA-funded lander called Curiosity.
The lander is expected to arrive at Mars sometime this fall.