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Mars sample return – a proposed mission campaign whose time is now

Beaty, D. W. and Vijendran, S. and Edwards, C. D. and Meyer, M. A. and Carrier, B. L. and Grady, M. M. and McSween, H. Y. and Sefton-Nash, E. (2018) Mars sample return – a proposed mission campaign whose time is now. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 53 (S1). p. 6344. ISSN 1086-9379.

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The analysis in Earth laboratories of samples that could be returned from Mars is of extremely high interest to the international Mars exploration community. IMEWG (the International Mars Exploration Working Group) has been evaluating options, by means of a working group referred to as iMOST, to refine the scientific objectives of MSR. The Mars 2020 sample-caching rover mission is the first component of the Mars Sample Return campaign, so its existence constitutes a critical opportunity. Finally, on April 26, 2018, NASA and ESA signed a Statement of Intent to work together to formulate, by the end of 2019, a joint plan for the retrieval missions that are essential to the completion of the MSR Campaign. All of these converged April 25-27, 2018 in Berlin, Germany, at the 2nd International Mars Sample Return Conference.

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Official Citation:(2018), 81st Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (2018). Meteorit Planet Sci, 53: A1-A358. doi:10.1111/maps.13146
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