Rationale for Mars Rover/Sampler Return mission
- Carr, Michael H.
- Mar 1, 1989.
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- A Mars Rover/Sample Return (MRSR) mission is currently being studied for the late 1990's. The objectives of the mission are to better understand the origin and evolution of Mars, to search for evidence of former life, and to improve the knowledge of the Martian environment in preparation for subsequent human exploration. Having formed in a different part of the Solar System from Earth, Mars will provide clues that will better enable the discrimination between conflicting theories of Solar System formations. Mars is also a natural laboratory on which a wide range of geologic and meteorological processes have operated under conditions very different from those on Earth. Samples are needed so that the full range of analytical techniques available here on Earth can be applied to the study of these issues. The rover provides the mobility needed to access different materials, and can be equipped with an analytical capability so that the planet can be sampled intelligently. The rover will also provide the means of exploring the planet on a human scale and performing a wide range of in situ measurements at different locations. Different mission scenarios are currently being studied with the goal of achieveing sample return before the end of the century.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19890016969., Accession ID: 89N26340., and NASA, Ames Research Center, Exobiology and Future Mars Missions; p 11.
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