NASA debates how to haul back rocks from Mars

NASA debates how to haul back rocks from Mars

As the U.S. space agency NASA’s 2020 Mars rover mission is approaching near, the best strategy for retrieving rock and dirt from the Red Planet to Earth has become a topic of hot debate and discussion.

The renowned space agency has created a Returned Sample Science Board (RSSB) in order to cope with the scientific, technological as well as policy issues pertaining to the potential robotic venture.

An hours-long workshop on where this ambitious project now stands took place on 23rd of July, ahead of the 80th annual meeting of The Meteoritical Society that was organized 24th of July through 28th of July.

RSSB co-leader David Beaty, chief scientist for the Mars Exploration Directorate at NASA's JPL in Pasadena, said that the project to hurl back Martian rocks to Earth was feasible.

Speaking on the topic, he added, “Mars 2020 will gather samples for potential return to Earth in the future. It’s time for the sample-analysis community to get serious about defining and prioritizing Mars sample science, and in helping to make the case for the future missions that would get those samples home.”

The Mars 2020 rover is slated to lift off in July or August of 2020 and land on the Red Planet in February 2021.