The Mission's primary scientific objective is to search for and analyse rocks and soil that hold clues to past water activity on Mars. Scientists will use geological clues to the environmental conditions that existed when liquid water was present, and assess whether those environments were conducive to the evolution of life.
Scientific Instruments mounted on the Rover's deck include:
A Meteorological station
Instruments mounted on the end of the Robotic Arm include spectroscopes:
Each instrument has different power requirements. Keeping the Rover 'warm' will take precedence over deployment of instruments.