NASA will deliver the first samples of Martian soil to Earth


NASA has concluded a contract for the transportation of the first samples of Martian stones and soil on Earth.

The amount of the contract with Northrop Grumman is $ 84.5 million, but taking into account the complexity of the mission, in the future it is not eliminated by the budget revised. According to the contract, the Contractor must arrange the delivery of soil samples collected by the Perseverance market, for their direct study by researchers on Earth.

Mission Mars Sample Return assumes sending two spacecraft to the red planet. The first will meet with a mercier, will take a vessel with his samples and will lead them into the orbit of Mars. The second ship will come to them already in the open space, take on board the valuable cargo and go to the ground.

The preliminary plan assumes the launch of the devices in 2026, landing on Mars in 2028 and return with samples by 2031.

Last year, the US Space Agency also financed a number

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