MAY 01, 2018 7:34 PM PDT

The Next Step in Martian Exploration: Sample Return

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Mars has quickly become a place of interest in our solar system. Humankind has already sent a bevy of landers, orbiters, and rovers exploring the planet's surface, but it may finally be time to take the next significant step in planetary research: sample return.

Indeed, planetary scientists on Earth are foaming at the mouth for genuine Martian surface samples, and a future NASA mission could realize this plan and push Mars-centric research forward.

NASA's Mars 2020 rover will include a state-of-the-art sample collection system, but it will leave any samples it collects on the Martian surface until we're ready to grab them. Then again, when will that be? A good question.

NASA has a few ideas encompassing how we might be able to recover these samples, but most are still imaginative at this point. This video goes over some of the multi-stage systems that have been conceptualized.
About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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