Sample Return

Fly Around Jezero Crater on Mars in This New Video

There‚Äôs a reason Jezero Crater was chosen as the landing site for the Perseverance Rover: it is considered one of…

1 week ago

Perseverance is Building Up a Big Collection of Mars Samples

NASA's Perseverance Rover has reached another milestone. It's finished caching its samples for a potential return to Earth. The sample…

2 months ago

Don’t Bother Trying to Destroy Rubble Pile Asteroids

The asteroids in our Solar System are survivors. They've withstood billions of years of collisions. The surviving asteroids are divided…

2 months ago

Perseverance Takes a Selfie to Show off Some of its Samples

One of the main jobs for the Perseverance Mars rover past few weeks has been collecting carefully selected samples of…

2 months ago

Perseverance is Putting its Samples Onto the Surface of Mars, So a Future Helicopter can Pick Them Up

At this point in its mission, NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover has collected almost 50% of its samples. The rover is…

3 months ago

Eight Missions are Getting Extensions, Most Exciting: OSIRIS-REx is Going to Asteroid Apophis

NASA has granted mission extensions to eight different planetary missions, citing the continued excellent operations of the spacecraft, but more…

11 months ago

This is Where the Mars Sample Return Mission Could be Landing

NASA's Perseverance Rover is busy exploring Jezero Crater on Mars. Part of its mission is to collect samples for retrieval…

1 year ago

50-Year-Old Lunar Samples are Opened up for the First Time

NASA's Apollo missions to the Moon brought back about 382 kilograms (842 pounds) of samples, including rocks, rock cores, rock,…

1 year ago

Perseverance has Collected its First Sample of Mars and Prepared it for Return to Earth… Eventually

It's another first for NASA. In early September, the Perseverance rover successfully used its robotic arm and drill to drill…

1 year ago

Perseverance Drills Another Hole, and This Time the Sample is Intact

After failing in its first try, the Perseverance rover just successfully obtained a rock sample from the Martian surface that…

2 years ago