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Perseverance rover scouts for Mars Sample Return landing sites

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is scouting for landing sites that could one day be used by spacecraft that will fly the rover’s many Martian rock samples back to Earth. 

Perseverance has been exploring Mars’ Jezero Crater since it landed in February 2021, collecting numerous samples of Martian rock and other sediments in a search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. If scientists here on Earth want to study those samples, they’ll obviously need a way to get them back home. That’s where the proposed Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign comes in.

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