April 21, 2020

Compilation of b-roll for media. Collecting samples from Mars and bringing them back to Earth will be a historic undertaking that starts with the launch of NASA’s Perseverance rover, part of the Mars 2020 mission. Perseverance will collect samples and leave them on Mars for a future mission to retrieve and return to Earth.

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are solidifying concepts for this Mars sample return campaign. The current concept includes a lander, a fetch rover, an ascent vehicle to launch the sample container to Martian orbit, and a retrieval spacecraft with a payload for capturing and containing the samples and then sending them back to Earth.

For more information, visit mars.nasa.gov/msr/

Credit

NASA/JPL-Caltech, ESA, NASA/GSFC and NASA/GRC

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