PARIS – A report by the working group on an International Mars Architecture for the Return of Samples (iMARS) concludes that a mission to bring back a soil and rock sample from Mars would be scientifically justified and technically feasible. However, a number of enabling technologies would have to be developed, and delicate science-engineering tradeoffs resolved, before a program could be launched. The iMARS group, which includes members from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and ...

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