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Mars Sample Return Lander Mission Information

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Mars Sample Return Lander Mission

Mars Sample Return Lander Mission

NASA

Key Dates:

  • Oct 2011: Launch
  • Sep 2012: Mars Landing
  • Dec 2012: Launch from Mars
  • Sep 2014: Earth Return

Mars Sample Return Lander Mission Information:

In the second decade of the century, NASA plans additional science orbiters, rovers and landers, and the first mission to return samples of Martian rock and soil to Earth. Current plans call for the first sample return mission to be launched in 2014, and a second in 2016. Options that would significantly increase the rate of mission launch and/or accelerate the schedule of exploration are under study, including launching the first sample return mission as early as 2011. Technology development for advanced capabilities such as miniaturized surface science instruments and deep drilling to hundreds of meters will also be carried out in this period.

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