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ESA: Mars on Earth — what next?

A Mars Sample Return campaign would bring samples of the Red Planet back to Earth for examination in the best terrestrial laboratories – but choosing the samples and storing them on Mars for later return is only one part of … Continue reading

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Europe to Mars — and back!

Europe has been in orbit around Mars for more than 15 years and is almost a year away from launching its first rover mission, but ambitions are already running high to go one step further: returning a sample from the … Continue reading

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Defining the goals for collecting Mars samples

Returning samples from the surface of Mars has been a high-priority goal of the international Mars exploration community for many years. Although randomly collected samples would be potentially interesting, they would not be sufficient to answer the big questions that … Continue reading

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NASA’s $2.4-billion plan to steal a rock from Mars

Ed. note: The following is an except from a story in Nature; full story here. Adam Steltzner rose to engineering stardom in 2012, when NASA’s Curiosity rover plummeted to a perfect landing on Mars, thanks to a daring, fiery manoeuvre … Continue reading

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Seeking signs of life and more: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission

Ed. note: The following is an except from a story in Eos, published by the American Geophysical Union. Full story here. The next Mars rover will be able to land near rugged terrain, giving scientists access to diverse landscapes. It … Continue reading

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‘Adaptive caching’ planned for Mars 2020 rover

This diagram, superimposed on a photo of Martian landscape, illustrates a concept called “adaptive caching,” which is in development for NASA’s 2020 Mars rover mission. [Click image to enlarge in a new tab or window.] In addition to the investigations … Continue reading

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Mars 2020 rover payload selected

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet… [These will] conduct geological assessments of the rover’s landing site, determine the potential … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Sample terrain near Nili Fossae

Sample terrain near Nili Fossae. Beautiful Mars series.

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ESA: Mars sample return

The Red Planet is, for several reasons, the focus point in the international context of robotic exploration: • Mars is the most Earth-like planet in the Solar System. Geological structures show that long ago liquid water flowed on the surface … Continue reading

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Phobos as dropbox for Mars sample return

Current plans for bringing samples to Earth from Mars involve three distinct steps. First is a rover with the capability to cache samples: this will be the Mars 2020 rover, now in its initial stages of development. Second is a … Continue reading

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