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Post by Dragon Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:05 am

NASA's newest Mars rover has successfully collected its first rock sample for return to Earth, after last month's attempt came up empty.

A month ago, Perseverance drilled into much softer rock, and the sample crumbled and didn't get inside the titanium tube.

The rover drove a half-mile to a better sampling spot to try again. Team members analyzed data and pictures before declaring success.


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This Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 photo made available by NASA shows the first rock sample for return to Earth, obtained by the Mars Perseverance rover.

A month ago, Perseverance drilled into much softer rock, and the sample crumbled and didn't get inside the titanium tube.

The rover drove a half-mile to a better sampling spot to try again.

Team members analyzed data and pictures before declaring success.


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Mars sample return

A first mission, NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover, is set to collect surface samples in pen-sized canisters as it explores the Red Planet.

Up to 31 canisters will be filled and readied for a later pickup – geocaching gone interplanetary.

In the same period, ESA’s ExoMars rover, which is also set to land on Mars in 2021, will be drilling up to two meters below the surface to search for evidence of life.

A second mission with a small fetch rover would land nearby and retrieve the samples in a Martian search-and-rescue operation.

This rover would bring the samples back to its lander and place them in a Mars Ascent Vehicle – a small rocket to launch the football-sized container into Mars orbit.

A third launch from Earth would provide a spacecraft sent to orbit Mars and rendezvous with the sample containers.

Once the samples are safely collected and loaded into an Earth entry vehicle, the spacecraft would return to Earth, release the vehicle to land in the United States, where the samples will be retrieved and placed in quarantine for detailed analysis by a team of international scientists.


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