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The potential science and engineering value of samples delivered to Earth by Mars sample return

Beaty, D. W. and Grady, M. M. and McSween, H. Y. and Sefton‐Nash, E. and Carrier, B. L. and Altieri, F. and Amelin, Y. and Ammannito, E. and Anand, M. and Benning, L. G. and Bishop, J. L. and Borg, L. E. and Boucher, D. and Brucato, J. R. and Busemann, H. and Campbell, K. A. and Czaja, A. D. and Debaille, V. and Des Marais, D. J. and Dixon, M. and Ehlmann, B. L. and Farmer, J. D. and Fernandez‐Remolar, D. C. and Filiberto, J. and Fogarty, J. and Glavin, D. P. and Goreva, Y. S. and Hallis, L. J. and Harrington, A. D. and Hausrath, E. M. and Herd, C. D. K. and Horgan, B. and Humanyun, M. and Kleine, T. and Kleinhenz, J. and Mackelprang, R. and Mangold, N. and Mayhew, L. E. and McCoy, J. T. and McCubbin, F. M. and McLennan, S. M. and Moser, D. E. and Moynier, F. and Mustard, J. F. and Niles, P. B. and Ori, G. G. and Raulin, F. and Rettberg, P. and Rucker, M. A. and Schmitz, N. and Schwenzer, S. P. and Sephton, M. A. and Shaheen, R. and Sharp, Z. D. and Schuster, D. L. and Siljestrom, S. and Smith, C. L. and Spry, J. A. and Steele, A. and Swindle, T. D. and ten Kate, I. L. and Tosca, N. J. and Usui, T. and Van Kranendonk, M. J. and Wadhwa, M. and Weiss, B. P. and Werner, S. C. and Westall, F. and Wheeler, R. M. and Zipfel, J. and Zorzano, M. P. (2019) The potential science and engineering value of samples delivered to Earth by Mars sample return. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 54 (3). pp. 667-671. ISSN 1086-9379.

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Return of samples from the surface of Mars has been a goal of the international Mars science community for many years. Strategies for the collection of such samples have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface, to dust collection in the atmosphere, to scientific selection by geologically capable rovers. As comprehension of the complexity and potential habitability of Mars has increased, so has the realization that a randomly collected sample, while potentially interesting, would not be sufficient to answer the really big questions that for years have motivated Mars surface sample return. The deployment of NASA's Mars 2020 (M‐2020) sample‐collecting rover has brought the issues associated with the completion of Mars sample return (MSR) into sharp focus. M‐2020 will collect and cache geological samples for possible eventual return to Earth. The transportation to Earth would require a sample‐retrieval mission, which could also collect atmospheric samples, and an Earth‐return mission. Involvement of the international community in these missions would be very beneficial in terms of sharing cost, risk, and benefit.

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Official Citation:Beaty, D. W., Grady, M. M., McSween, H. Y., Sefton‐Nash, E. , Carrier, B. L., Altieri, F. , Amelin, Y. , Ammannito, E. , Anand, M. , Benning, L. G., Bishop, J. L., Borg, L. E., Boucher, D. , Brucato, J. R., Busemann, H. , Campbell, K. A., Czaja, A. D., Debaille, V. , Des Marais, D. J., Dixon, M. , Ehlmann, B. L., Farmer, J. D., Fernandez‐Remolar, D. C., Filiberto, J. , Fogarty, J. , Glavin, D. P., Goreva, Y. S., Hallis, L. J., Harrington, A. D., M. Hausrath, E. , Herd, C. D., Horgan, B. , Humanyun, M. , Kleine, T. , Kleinhenz, J. , Mackelprang, R. , Mangold, N. , Mayhew, L. E., McCoy, J. T., McCubbin, F. M., McLennan, S. M., Moser, D. , Moynier, F. , Mustard, J. F., Niles, P. B., Ori, G. G., Raulin, F. , Rettberg, P. , Rucker, M. A., Schmitz, N. , Schwenzer, S. P., Sephton, M. A., Shaheen, R. , Sharp, Z. D., Schuster, D. L., Siljestrom, S. , Smith, C. L., Spry, J. A., Steele, A. , Swindle, T. D., ten Kate, I. L., Tosca, N. J., Usui, T. , Van Kranendonk, M. J., Wadhwa, M. , Weiss, B. P., Werner, S. C., Westall, F. , Wheeler, R. M., Zipfel, J. and Zorzano, M. P. (2019), The potential science and engineering value of samples delivered to Earth by Mars sample return. Meteorit Planet Sci, 54: 667-671. doi:10.1111/maps.13232
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