NASA seeks innovative designs to transport Mars samples to Earth

18 April 2024
2024-04-18 16:01

NASA is seeking innovative designs to transport valuable samples from Mars to Earth, the U.S. space agency said on Monday. NASA's Perseverance rover has been collecting samples for later collection and return to Earth since it landed on Mars in 2021.
NASA said it soon will solicit architecture proposals from industry that could return samples and lower cost, risk and mission complexity.Launch of the retrieval and orbital vehicles had been anticipated for 2027-28 with return of the samples targeted for the early 2030s and overall costs projected at $5 billion to $7 billion.

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