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Sample Return in the Time of Coronavirus

7 Jul 2020, 16:38 UTC
Sample Return in the Time of Coronavirus Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion

For space scientists of all stripes, few goals are as crucial as bringing pieces of Mars, of asteroids, of other planets and moons back to Earth for the kind of intensive study only possible here. Space missions can, and have, told us many truths about the solar system, but having a piece of Mars or Europa or an asteroid to study in a lab on Earth is considered the gold standard for learning about the actual composition of other bodies, their histories and whether they could — or once did — harbor life.

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