NASA Awards Mars Ascent Vehicle Contract

Mars Ascent Vehicle.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech concept
CAPE CANAVERAL—NASA has awarded Northrop Grumman a sole-source contract worth up to $84.5 million to provide the two-stage ascent vehicle needed to launch samples from the surface of Mars into Mars orbit, where they can be retrieved by a return ship and flown back to Earth. Collecting the samples is...

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