Buoyed by the recent discovery that complex organic materials exist on Mars and a blueprint for how to find them (AW&ST June 18-July 1, p. 52), NASA is becoming more confident that a long-sought mission to return samples to Earth is technically and scientifically possible within a cost-capped budget. Scientists have identified just two technologies that need to be developed for a Mars sample return mission, namely the ability to launch off another planetary body and a biocontainment ...

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