A planned NASA mission to land astronauts on a remote desert island in the Mojave Desert, California, has been postponed.NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Wednesday that the Mars 2020 lander will fly aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the site on the outskirts of Mojave, California.
The mission is scheduled for a July 2019 launch.
The Falcon 9 is the first Falcon 9 to be used on the space station, which is under construction at the Mojavius Space Launch Complex 4.
Bolden told reporters that the mission is a significant milestone for NASA, and the first time in its history that a space station mission has been completed in a single day.NASA has been working on the mission since the 1970s.
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers Curiosity and Opportunity missions were launched in 2006.
The new mission will include more than 1,200 people on the rover, which will be able to conduct a variety of scientific investigations on the desert island.
The lander is expected to begin testing in 2020, Bolden noted.