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Perseverance rover’s Mars samples now won’t make it to Earth until 2033 at best

Scientists will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on pristine Mars samples that might hold evidence of ancient Red Planet life.

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are working together to haul back to Earth several dozen Mars samples, which are being collected by NASA’s Perseverance rover on the floor of the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater. Jezero is a great place to do such work, NASA officials have said, because billions of years ago it harbored a big lake and a river delta, potentially tempting habitats for life.

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