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Add Image to Favorite List 2021-02-17 Mars Mars Sample Return
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During the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, pristine samples of Mars rock and regolith will be collected and sealed inside collection tubes for later retrieval by the Sample Retrieval Lander mission in the late 2020s.
PIA24164:
Mars Sample Return Lander's Divert Maneuver
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-25 Mars Sample Return
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This image shows a concept model of NASA's orbiting sample container, which will hold tubes of Martian rock and soil samples that will be returned to Earth through a Mars sample return campaign.
PIA23712:
Mars Sample Return Orbiting Sample Container Concept Model
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration of a Mars sample return mission's lander concept shows a spacecraft after touchdown on the Red Planet.
PIA23711:
Mars Sample Return Lander With Solar Panels Deployed (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration shows a concept for a Mars Ascent Vehicle releasing a sample container high above the Martian surface.
PIA23500:
Mars Ascent Vehicle Deploying Sample Container in Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration shows a concept of how the NASA Mars Ascent Vehicle could be launched from the surface of Mars in one step of the Mars sample return mission.
PIA23496:
Mars Ascent Vehicle Launching with Samples (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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In this illustration of a Mars sample return mission concept, a robotic arm transfers samples of Martian rock and soil from a fetch rover onto a lander.
PIA23495:
Robotic Arm Transferring Tubes From Fetch Rover to Lander (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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In this illustration of a Mars sample return mission concept, a lander carrying a fetch rover touches down on the surface of Mars.
PIA23494:
Mars Sample Return Lander Touchdown (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2020-02-10 Mars Sample Return
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This illustration shows a concept of what a rover fetching rock and soil samples on Mars for return to Earth could look like.
PIA23493:
Fetch Rover Approaching Sample Tubes (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the separation of an Earth entry vehicle, bearing a container of Martian rock samples, from the main spacecraft that would have carried it from Martian orbit nearly to Earth.
PIA14267:
Special Delivery from Mars to Earth (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the capture of a collection of Martian samples by a spacecraft orbiting Mars. The samples would have been collected on Mars by a rover and lifted to orbit by an ascent vehicle.
PIA14266:
Rendezvous in Martian Orbit (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays the launch of an ascent vehicle. The solar panels in the foreground are part of a rover.
PIA14265:
Martian Samples Leaving Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays a rocket-powered descent stage lowering a sample-retrieving rover and an ascent vehicle to the surface.
PIA14264:
Landing on Mars for a Short Stay (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed NASA and European Space Agency collaboration on proposals for a Mars sample return mission portrays a series of six steps in the spacecraft's landing on Mars.
PIA14263:
Vehicle for Lofting a Sample Approaches Mars (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed NASA and European Space Agency collaboration on proposals for a Mars sample return mission portrays a series of six steps (A through F) in the spacecraft's landing on Mars.
PIA14262:
Vehicle for Lofting a Sample Approaches Mars (Labeled Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-20 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of a proposed Mars sample return mission portrays an aeroshell-encased spacecraft approaching Mars. This spacecraft would put a sample-retrieving rover and an ascent vehicle onto the surface of Mars.
PIA14261:
Mars Sample Return Spacecraft Before Arrival (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-03 Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept shows the proposed NASA Mars sample return mission above the red planet.
PIA05491:
Roundtrip Ticket To Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the orbiter and lander, just after the orbiter would release the lander to descend through the martian atmosphere.
PIA05486:
On Its Own
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the entry, descent and landing sequence the lander would undergo on its way to Mars.
PIA05487:
The Tricky Part
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows the launch of the martian sample back toward Earth.
PIA05488:
To Mars and Back
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-02 Mars Mars Sample Return
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This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows rendezvous of the orbiting sample container with the Earth return vehicle.
PIA05489:
Rendezvous in Space
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