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Mars sample return: How NASA will launch from the Red Planet

Work is progressing on a vital part of NASA’s Mars sample return plans.

The Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) is a small, lightweight, two-stage solid-propellant rocket with a big assignment: blast rock, sediment and atmospheric samples off Mars in the early 2030s, in the first-ever rocket launch from the surface of another planet.

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