NASA, ESA unveil advanced architecture for Mars Sample Return

On July 27, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) unveiled new advanced mission architecture for the upcoming Mars Sample Return mission. Additionally, NASA completed its system requirements review for the mission, bringing the ambitious project one step closer to the completion of its conceptual design phase. The new mission architecture takes advantage of new technology that has been developed and tested on Mars, such as flying rotorcraft similar to the Mars 2020 mission’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter. See AlsoMars Sample Return UpdatesMars Missions SectionL2 Northrop Grumman SectionClick here to Join L2 The primary goal of the Mars Sample Return mission, as can be inferred from the name, is to efficiently return several samples of the Martian surface to Earth using a combination of rovers, landers, rockets, and now rotorcraft. Mars Sample Return began with the landing of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover in Jezero Crater in February 2021, where it has been frequently collecting samples throughout its various expeditions in the crater. With such a lofty goal for a mission, it’s easy to see how the sample return architecture can be extremely complex. Reducing the complexity of the Mars Sample Return mission and increasing the probability of success was the…

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NASA, ESA unveil advanced architecture for Mars Sample Return

Updated: July 30, 2022 — 10:26 pm