NASA, Partner Establish New Research Group for Mars Sample Return Program – NASA Mars Exploration

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration: This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Sixteen scientists from the US, Europe, Canada, … Read more

Dolphins Keep Tabs on Each Other by Tasting Pee, Especially if It’s Pee From a Friend

Think about people you know, and how you could tell they were around even if you couldn’t see them: perhaps their voice, or a favored perfume. For bottlenose dolphins, it’s the taste of urine and signature whistles that allow them to recognize their friends at a distance, according to a study published Wednesday in Science … Read more

Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Conceptual drawing of a Mars Sample Retrieval Lander. (Image credit: NASA) The robotic return of pristine samples from the surface of Mars has been a holy grail goal of Red Planet investigators for many, many years. Over that time, strategies for returning March collectibles have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface to … Read more

To Sample or Not To Sample

In this illustration, NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover uses its drill to core a rock sample on Mars. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech One of the prime objectives of the[{” attribute=””>NASA 2020 Perseverance mission is to collect a diverse cache of rock samples for eventual return to Earth. Among the highest priority rocks to sample are those … Read more

Untouched Moon Fragments Kept in Storage For 50 Years Are Finally Being Studied

When the Apollo 15 and 17 missions returned to Earth with pieces of the Moon in 1971 and 1972, some of the samples were deliberately set aside for the future. Flash forward half a century and these samples are finally being studied. In 2019, shortly after an upcoming Artemis mission to the Moon was announced, … Read more

What is the Moon hiding? Scientists break open last lunar sample

Over 50 years after it was cored from the Moon, the final piece of the lunar sample is now under analysis. As humans plan to return to the Moon, the analysis of this last unique sample will provide new insights into the morphology and geology of Earth’s natural satellite. The sample had been stored in … Read more

NASA wants your input on its Mars sample return project

NASA is asking the public to comment on an environmental assessment for its Mars sample return effort. The project, a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), aims to bring to Earth samples gathered by the Perseverance Mars rover, perhaps as early as 2033. Once they’re here, scientists in labs around the world will scrutinize … Read more

Ingenuity Makes a Trip to See The Debris Left by Perseverance’s Landing on Mars

You may recall we reported earlier this month that the Perseverance rover finally spotted its parachute and backshell off in the distance. This is the hardware that safely brought the rover to Mars surface on 18 February 2021. But now, the incredible Ingenuity helicopter has snapped better images of those items, while it was hovering … Read more

Rock sample has Nehawka connection

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – The “Nehawka Core” is an important resource housed at the state Conservation and Survey Division repository. It’s a rock sample that is the result of an oil drilling operation from the 1920’s. We visited the repository inside Nebraska Hall on the University of Nebraska Lincoln Campus. Michele Waszgis manages CSD’s collection … Read more

Geological Sample Bags Market Size 2022 Analysis By Leading Keyplayers

New Jersey, USA, –The Global Geological Sample Bags Market 2022-2028 report covers revenue, trading volume, size, value and these valuable data. The Geological Sample Bags Market Report provides an objective and impartial assessment and assessment of opportunities in the Geological Sample Bags market through a systematic market research report that includes numerous other market-related fundamental … Read more