Artist's concept of a sample return mission lifting off from Mars (Image: ESA)
The prototype Mars sample return container (Image: ESA)
Artist's concept of a Mars sample return mission (Image: ESA)
A mission to return samples from the planet Mars is still many years away and, officially, not on the calendar. That hasn't stopped ESA from producing a proof-of-concept prototype of the scientific “box of delights,” which could one day bring bits of the Red Planet back to Earth for study.
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