The first sample tube on Mars

Engineers test dropping a tube from a Perseverance replica. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

With this first sample tube deposited on the martian surface, we are one step closer to doing the very first sample return mission from Mars. These samples will be returned to Earth in 2033 for analysis (and reanalysis) in our terrestrial laboratories, which will answer many fundamental questions…and likely bring up a host of new questions as well!

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