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Pasadena Star News - NASA announces new Mars rover mission

Rep. Adam Schiff commented on NASA sending another rover to Mars in 2020 on the heels of Curiosity's successful mission, solidifying plans for the U.S. space program over the next decade after recent budget cuts had given space exploration an uncertain future.

U.S Congresman Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, applauded the news in a statement but also pushed for an earlier launch date.

"While a 2020 launch would be favorable due to the alignment of Earth and Mars, a launch in 2018 would be even more advantageous as it would allow for an even greater payload to be launched to Mars," he said.

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