NASA’s Perseverance rover is busily wheeling and dealing with Mars at Jezero Crater, picking up samples of that way off world.
Some of these extraterrestrial goodies are to be express-rocketed to Earth in the 2030’s. Getting that precious freight back to Earth and evaluated in labs is an international and elaborate affair guided by collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency.
Moolah for Mars
Of course, the Mars Sample Return interplanetary relay enterprise is a high-roller undertaking. It will demand lots of moolah, in the multi-billions of dollars.
But the prospective scientific payoff is palpable. Investigators are eager to scope out the bits, pieces, and atmosphere of the Red Planet that will be hurled to Earth.
What are the possible “take away messages” from Mars by heaving samples our way?
Go to my new Space.com article – “The Big Reveal: What’s Ahead in Returning Samples from Mars?” – at: