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New video shows how NASA will bring Mars samples back to Earth

Updated 1 day ago
Published Nov 18th, 2022 9:55PM EST
A concept of the Mars sample retriever that could bring alien germs to Earth
Image: NASA

NASA’s Perseverance rover has been doing some amazing work on Mars. Not only has it discovered possible signs of life on Mars, but the rover has collected multiple samples that Earth astronomers hope to study for more information on the planet’s history. And now, NASA has shared a new video detailing how its Mars sample return mission will work.

According to the video, NASA will rely on the sample return spacecraft that it has mentioned in the past. This spacecraft will travel to the Red Planet and then make its way to the surface, where it will meet up with Perseverance to begin the Mars sample return.

From here, the samples will be loaded into the spacecraft and then launched back into orbit, where it will meet up with a large spacecraft for the journey home. Successfully pulling off the Mars sample return is vital to continuing to explore and dissect the plethora of information and discoveries we’ve made on the planet.

With NASA hoping to one day send a manned mission to Mars, being able to tell more about the land there could help us determine ways to create oxygen on Mars, and perhaps even find a way to grow food on the planet one day. Of course, this is all long in the future, but with hopes of one day settling on Mars, finding solutions to these problems is paramount. The Mars sample return could offer several.

You can check out the video yourself for a quick breakdown of how the mission will go. Of course, the actual mission itself will require months of travel to the Red Planet, as well as precise calculations and maneuvers by the teams involved to pull it off. But, if NASA and the ESA do pull off the Mars sample return mission, it will bring us one step closer to understanding the Red Planet’s storied history.

Joshua Hawkins fell in love with writing and technology at a young age. Eventually he decided to combine the two and started writing about video games, the latest tech, and all the cool gadgets he could find. Whenever he isn’t busy writing about tech or gadgets, he can usually be found enjoying a new world in a video game, or tinkering with something on his computer.