“Status of the Mars Sample Return Campaign”


Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 12-1 PM; Waldorf; no RSVP for this event needed

Convened by:

David Beaty (JPL), Brandi Carrier (JPL), Chris Herd (U Alberta), and Meenakshi Wadhwa (ASU)


This townhall will provide an update on the latest plans, timelines, and current status of the three main components of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Campaign: 1) the Mars 2020 mission that will include sample characterization, collection, and caching, 2) the MSR Program, which would follow Mars 2020 and will retrieve and transport the samples from Mars to Earth, and 3) the Mars Returned Sample Handling phase that will include the handling of Mars samples in the Sample Receiving Facility and access to these samples by the sample science community per a well-developed science management plan.