NASA’s Curiosity rover is about to be bigger than it was in 2015.
The rover is expected to carry out some of the most challenging tasks in the history of mankind, including an extended Martian year, but NASA has decided to scale back its size.
The new mission size, slated for the first week of December, is about the same as what the rover had in 2015, when it was the size of a soccer ball.
It will also be larger than the previous rover, Curiosity’s largest ever, which reached the end of its mission in 2020.
The smaller rover will be used to explore the surface of Mars, which was not explored in the previous mission.
The two-ton robot, called Curiosity, was launched into orbit in August 2012 to look for signs of past life on Mars.
That mission lasted from August until October 2020, when the Curiosity team switched gears to investigate potential signs of microbial life on the Red Planet.
The mission has already produced many discoveries, including evidence of water on the surface, evidence of the presence of organic matter and a chemical composition of rock samples.
The first samples taken from the surface are expected to be sent to the European Space Agency for analysis and to be used for scientific research.
It is unclear whether NASA will continue to send back any of the Martian samples for analysis.
The agency has also said that the rover will remain on Mars for about eight years.
NASA has already sent a handful of sample return vehicles to Mars, but the current one has not yet returned any samples from the Red Rock, which is the most interesting part of the mission.