NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is the most sophisticated rover NASA has ever sent to the red planet. One of the main tasks of this mission is to collect carefully selected and documented rock and sediment samples for future return to Earth. Once collected, NASA’s Mars Sample Return (MSR) program will be responsible for bringing the samples to our planet for further research.
Four Arizona State University professors from the School of Earth and Space Exploration are directly involved in these efforts: Mars 2020 Perseverance rover Mastcam-Z Principal Investigator Jim Bell, with Mastcam-Z Co-Investigators Craig Hardgrove and Mark Robinson, and Mars Sample Return (MSR) Principal Scientist Meenakshi Wadhwa.
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