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Mars 2020

Goal Leader: Jim Watzin, Mars Exploration Program Director

Deputy Goal Leader: George Tahu, Program Executive

Goal Statement: Seeking signs of life on Mars: Explore a habitable environment, search for potential biosignatures of past life, collect and document a cache of scientifically compelling samples for eventual return to Earth, and contribute to future human exploration of Mars. By August 5, 2020, NASA will launch the Mars 2020 rover. To enable this launch date, NASA will deliver the instrument payload for spacecraft integration by September 30, 2019.

Implementation Action Plans will be available with the Q1 FY 2018 performance update.