Scientists and engineers think an outline for an international mission to bring back soil and rock samples from Mars to continue the quest for life there could be ready in about a year, allowing work to begin on the 15-year, multibillion-dollar undertaking. A report by a group of experts from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, presented late last month, concludes that such a mission would be scientifically justified and technically feasible, based on know-how available now or ...

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