See how NASA engineers gather Mars 2020 rover live

The mission of Mars 2020 should be launched in July 2020 - it is assumed that the descent module with the rovers

will land on Mars in February 2021. It will consist of two rovers, whose likely landing site will be the Syrt plateau and Jezero crater, located 28 km from each other.

Research vehicles will need to take samples of the soil in the vicinity of the landing sites to determine whether there are conditions for the life of microbes on Mars.

Now in the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rover is being assembled. Employees installed a webcam in the shop High Bay 1 and opened a live broadcast of the rover assembly.

Earlier, NASA engineers conducted successful criticaltests of an ablation shield with a diameter of 4.5 m, which will allow the Mars 2020 rover to enter the atmosphere of the Red Planet and get to its surface. The protective shell is one of the largest ever built.