NASA has selected 16 members from four countries to lead scientific research when the first sample from Mars reaches Earth.
This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Recovery Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the surface of Mars. (Photo: NASA)
As the Persistence rover continues to trample on the crater world of Mars, collecting unique samples to be sent home, a team is headed back to Earth to make sure the first samples from the alien planet arrive safely. . NASA has selected a team of 16 people to help future samples from the Red Planet achieve their full potential.
Teams have been selected from the US, Europe, Canada and Japan for the Mars sample return programme. NASA said the team will maximize the scientific potential of Mars rock and sediment samples, which will be returned to Earth for in-depth analysis.
“These 16 individuals will be the standard bearers of Mars sample return science,” Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, said in a statement.
He went on to say that they will build the roadmap by which science is accomplished for this landmark effort, which will include establishing procedures for sample-related decision-making and designing processes that will help the scientific community around the world secondarily. Will allow you to join with these world’s first samples. ,
The Perseverance rover is exploring Jazzero Crater where it landed a year ago. (Photo: NASA)
The Mars Sample Return mission will be the US and Europe’s first attempt to bring back ancient rock and soil samples from Mars for analysis on Earth as humans aim to land on the Red Planet in the near future after setting up a base on the Moon. Is. , The campaign will meet a solar system exploration target, a high priority since the 1970s and the last three in the National Academy of Sciences Planetary Decadal Survey.
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The 16 researchers will serve as a science resource for the expedition’s project teams as well as related Earth-based ground projects, such as sample retrieval and duration. Samples collected during the discovery of an ancient lake by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover are believed to provide the best opportunity to reveal clues about the early evolution of Mars, including the possibility of past life. is included.
The Perseverance rover is exploring the Jazzero crater where it landed a year ago after completing its journey into space. The SUV-sized rover with the Ingenuity helicopter is looking for signs of ancient microbial life on the planet. The rover aims to characterize the planet’s geology and past climate and pave the way for human exploration.
Mars is the most accessible planet to humans in the Solar System and may be the answer to questions about the origin and evolution of life. A terrestrial planet, Mars has an atmosphere and climate, its geology is known to be very diverse and complex (like Earth), and the climate of Mars appears to have changed over its history (like Earth).
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