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NASA’s Ambitious Mission to Bring Martian Samples to Earth

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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    Hi Seekers, thanks for watching! Want more on Mars? Check out this Focal Point on NASA's challenge to 3D print future habitats on the red planet: https://youtu.be/XWJ-sE08ASg

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    Absolutely brilliant know too stay alive for twenty twenty one, a lot can happen in twenty four months ! . At the end of the video as they are talking about the number of exo planet's i realized we really could do with a real star ship ! But that's probably fifty years or more away or maybe a hundred.

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    That meteorologist at the end from Canada sure sounded protective of the returned samples. I'm with him, humans on Mars is a very long way off.

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    Maybe by 2031 we'll be able to come and pick them up by ourselves 😃
    This is one of the occasions where I'm happy to be born in the 21st century. We'll be able to see men land on Mars. No doubt. We'll be there to see men settle on the Moon. We'll be there to see whether there once was life on Mars or not. We'll be there to see space flight become a lot cheaper.

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    What if those samples would contain the next pandemic?

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    Let's just say they hit gold and find a fossilised tooth inside one of the sample cores, who thinks this finding will never be released to the public?

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    Bruh just use launch pads not hard xddd uwu owo

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    Aerol Christopher Infante

    Zapping rocks sound so cool lol.

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    Everyday INVENTIONS

    Don’t use rocket to travel to Mars
    Rocket is complicated and dificulte
    Low safety and high cost
    We need somethings better
    Developing technologies to enable human access to space at dramatically lower cost and increased reliability
    http://youtu.be/6q7MovLP-e8via

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    Tommy'sTenToneHammers

    Wait a minute…
    Its all very exciting stuff, indeed… but, why, when there are 43 sample-tubes, do we only return with 37? Assuming, "there will be a debate amongst scientists about which ones to leave behind", then I must also assume they do not plan to eventually possess 6-failed tube sample experiments which are not viable or "worth" their return.
    Next point of curiosity, is why isn't the return mission built into the destination-mission?

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    Aum mane padme hum l naka bum dorji boi drap l

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    Earth is different from Mars 1st for most because earth is closer to the sun 🌞

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    I thought they are going to send men to Mars on 2030….now they are saying it's just samples…..

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    why not take organic matter? if its such a sci fi thing to take organic matter why not do it. what prove do we have that its not a good idea?

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    2031!!!!!!!!!!! oh ya are sooo slow

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    Loved his explanation

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    Imagine they find Ancient DNA that matches homo Sapiens. O.0

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    Instead spending all this money for human mission to Mars , they are gonna spend billions just to return worthless rock dust back to Earth.

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    2031..i hope I will be alive 🙂

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    Is there is any answer of my question?

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    i am the 1000th comment wow

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    all this high tech science still no cure for earthly corona virus :v

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    First USA Flag on Mars.

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    Northrend Icecrown

    If we are told is absolutely impossible for earth is available life 3.8 to 4,000,000,000 years ago because of the great bombardment how is it in Mars had life during this time Mars Musta had life well after 4 billion years ago say 1, billion 2000,000,000 Years ago

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    Northrend Icecrown

    Because of the great bombardment market life had to begin after 3.8 to 4,000,000,000 years ago has been much more recent than that

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    Amazing the technology behind this missions.
    Respect to all sincetis on this project

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