Scientists will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on clean Mars specimens that can hold evidence of the ancient life of the Red Planet.
NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are working to bring back to Earth thousands of Mars, which are being collected by NASA. Rover patience on the floor of the crater Jeero is 28 miles-wide (45 kilometers). Jezero is a great place to do those things, NASA officials say, because billions of years ago it occupied a large lake and river delta, which could be tempting. to dwellings for life.
of the volunteer planning He called for the release of a sample-return lander (SRL) carrying a NASA Mars spacecraft (MAV) and an ESA-built image rover. The fetch rover picks up a box holding the Perseverance specimens and returns them to the MAV, which launches them into Mars orbit. On top of that, the sample box will be moved to an ESA Earth-return orbiter (ERO), which will return to Earth in 2031.
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But the strategy has changed little, NASA announced today (March 28).
“A detailed analysis of the high demands of the SRL landing has led NASA to use a second-lander platform, with a second lander carrying a fetch rover provided by Europe,” he said. NASA officials wrote in a document. explaining the lessons of the office in the White House’s 2023 federal budget proposal. That motion must be approved by the Legislature. gave NASA $ 26 billion for fiscal year 2023, beginning in October. 1.
“The development of a second archipelago will need to move to a start date of 2028 and 2033 return date and in line with the Mars Sample Return Independent Review Board‘s (IRB) in the view that a second-lander scheme can improve the ability of the missionary,” they said.
The release of ERO was delayed, from 2026 to 2027, according to financial documents.
The funding request provides $ 822 million for Mars’s return in fiscal year 2023, an increase of $ 169 million for the project over last year’s request. It cannot be expanded into a space; It “puts pressure on the rest of the Planetary science archive and could affect the rest of the archive in the years to come,” NASA officials wrote in the financial statement.
For example, the extra money currently required for the return of Mars was the reason for NASA’s decision to delay the start of its NEO (near-Earth object) Surveyor movement by two years, Not before 2028, and run out of money for the world Mars Ice Mapper projectofficials write.
Mike Wall is the author of “Outside“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; edited by Karl Tate), a book about exploring alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or at Facebook.