NASA’s Ambitious Mission to Bring Martian Samples to Earth

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NASA’s new Mars rover is launching this summer. It’s humanity’s first step to studying the Martian surface like never before, and its impact will be on par with the Apollo missions.
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Mars sample return has been a high priority for the scientific community for a long time, and an upcoming launch is an ambitious new chapter in Mars exploration.

A Mars Sample-Return mission is exactly what it sounds like—a spaceflight mission to the red planet to collect rock and dust samples and bring them back to Earth.

This mission’s landing site is Jezero Crater, and the launch of the new Mars rover is the first step in a series of proposed missions over the span of a decade to bring samples back, with all of the source material.

In this Focal Point, we speak with Eric Aguilar, Mars 2020 System Testbed Manager at NASA/JPL, and Chris Herd, PhD, a Mars 2020 Return Sample Scientist and Professor at the University of Alberta, to learn more about the mission to Mars.

The rover is slated to launch this summer, watch to find out more about its upcoming journey across the red planet.

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Mars 2020 Mission Overview
“The Mars 2020 mission with its Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key astrobiology questions about the potential for life on Mars.”

Mars sample return
“Orbiters, landers and rovers sent to Mars carry compact equipment and instruments that limit the science that can be achieved on any given mission. Studying Mars samples on Earth will allow scientists to share resources and send samples to the best laboratories around the world for analysis – laboratories so complicated and heavy they would be impossible to take to Mars.”

Space Samples Link NASA’s Apollo 11 and Mars 2020
“With its launch window opening on July 17, 2020 — less than a year from today —NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will mark another first: The rover will not only seek signs of ancient habitable conditions and past microbial life but will collect rock and soil samples, storing them on the planet’s surface for a future mission to retrieve.”

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