Jul 8, 2018

Fetch rover! Robot to retrieve Mars rocks

UK engineers will design a robot that can retrieve rock samples on Mars so they can be sent to Earth for study. How is the plan shaping up?Nasa will send a rover to Mars in 2020. The Americans will land an "Ascent vehicle" on Mars together with the European fetch rover. Speed is of the essence; it takes time to build and test space technology, and the fetch rover needs to be delivered to JPL to be integrated with the ascent vehicle and landing mechanism early in 2025 - if the 2026 launch target is to be met. Once the fetch rover has handed over the sample canisters to the ascent vehicle, it will retire to a safe distance to film the ascent.

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