According to foreign media CNET, sending a probe to Mars is one thing. Landing on the surface of Mars, collecting samples of red planets, and bringing them all the way back to earth is another matter. But NASA wants to try to do that. On Tuesday,NASAannounceThe results of the independent review board (IRB) assessment of its planned Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission, which plans to bring red planet samples back to earth for scientists to study.
On Tuesday, NASA's mission to review the progress of the Mars mission has been based on an ambitious review of NASA's science and technology program.
The IRB has issued a wide range of recommendations, such as setting up an office to help NASA and its mission partner, the European Space Agency (ESA), work together more smoothly. It also called for an independent assessment of hardware and resources and a review of the budget, which is expected to exceed $4 billion in the initial phase of the activity.
NASA already has a key part of a larger mission. The will rover is on its way to Mars and is scheduled to arrive in February 2021. The rover is equipped with a series of sample tubes that will be used to collect rock and soil for later retrieval by MSR.
The plan calls for additional major components, including ESA
This complex program is also one of the reasons why NASA launched what it calls "the earliest independent review of any major strategic mission of NASA's science missions.".
NASA and ESA hope to launch the next phase of the MSR in the mid to late 2020s. If all goes well, the original pieces of Mars could be sent to earth in the 2030's.
"In the end, I believe this sample return will be very worthwhile and help us answer the key astrobiological questions about the red planet - one step closer to the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars," said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's deputy director of science