Tuesday, November 9, 2021

NASA's new robots designed to take samples from Mars

NASA has revealed the design of a group of future robots that will work together to deliver materials retrieved by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover from the Martian surface.

Perseverance rover

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are finalizing plans for a Mars sample return mission that would aim to gather and return samples of Martian rocks and other elements collected by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover in sealed tubes to Earth.

NASA would send a lander to Mars in the neighborhood of Jezero Crater, where Perseverance (left) will have collected and stored materials, according to the current plan. The Sample Retrieval Lander (right) would transport a NASA rocket (the Mars Ascent Vehicle) as well as the European Space Agency's Sample Fetch Rover (centre), which is similar in size to the Opportunity Mars rover, according to NASA.

The fetch vehicle would retrieve stored samples and return them to the lander, where they would be transferred to the ascent vehicle; Perseverance might also transport new samples directly. The ascent vehicle would carry the samples into orbit in a dedicated container.

Before the rover is launched, the European Space Agency will place a spacecraft in orbit near Mars. The samples would be captured and returned to Earth by this spacecraft, which would meet with them in orbit and catch them. The orbiter's capture and containment payload module would be provided by NASA.

Article Author Gerluxe

Image: NASA

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