Sample Return

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…

5 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…

6 months 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,…

7 months 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…

12 months 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…

1 year ago

Just A Couple Of Weeks From Now, OSIRIS-REx Will Grab A Sample From Bennu

NASA is about to achieve another first for their organization. In about three weeks time, on October 20th, the OSIRIS-REx…

2 years ago