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The research groups of these international agencies have recently gathered in Australia and are eyeing the dry and dusty environment of the Australian outback, where the situation is very close to the surface of Mars. There are many challenges in controlling mobile robots on another planet, especially trying to find extraterrestrial life on Mars, so scientists are doing their best to plan ahead.
"the Pierbala interior is the site of the oldest, confirmed fossil life form on Earth, known as the stromatolite (stromatolites).," Kenfari (Ken Farley) of NASA's Jet Propulsive Laboratory said in a statement. If we can better understand how these fossils came here, as well as nearby geological signs to see how they were formed, it would be more prepared for us to find signs of life on Mars. "
The Mars 2020 mission and the ExoMars Mars mission are expected to be launched in July 2020. The NASA spacecraft arrived in Red Planet in February 2021 and the ExoMars Mars landed at some point in March 2021.
The ExoMars program is somewhat similar to NASA's Mars 2020 mission, but ESA emphasizes that one of the main purposes of this mission is to find extraterrestrial life. To this end, the ExoMars robot has just been equipped with a high-tech camera that can help it hunt down where (or even current) evidence of life may be hidden.