Airbus is designing a rover that will retrieve Martian samples

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Once launched in 2026, the fetch rover's lone task will be to retrieve the canisters of samples NASA's Mars 2020 rover leaves behind.

NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) has been working on a project to bring back the samples of soil from Mars.

One thing very high on the bucket list of any space scientist is getting one's hands on a sample of Martian soil. The most important thing that makes her different from all other teenagers is that she never switch her mind about a career, she always thinks about only one thing is I want to become an astronaut and at that moment she also knew that love of space was not a passing hobby. The Sample Fetch Rover will pick up the sample tubes, carry them back and load them into a sample container within the waiting Mars Ascent Vehicle. "A double first of launching from the planet's surface and the in-orbit transfer of the samples means it will be possible for the first time to directly study Mars soil in laboratories on Earth". The mission is a part of a collaboration between Nasa and ESA that was announced in April this year. After the box is installed in the rocket, the latter will blast off into orbit around Mars. While the 2020 rover design is based on Curiosity, it will collect and deposit samples for the Fetch Rover to retrieve and bring back to Earth, rather than conduct onboard analysis as Curiosity does.

Clearly it would be a mission of huge firsts for humanity, but the real action will start once the samples show up here on Earth.

"Accomplishments in robotic exploration in recent years have increased confidence in success - multiple launches will be necessary to deliver samples from Mars".

"Winning this contract builds on the UK's world-renowned expertise in space and robotics which the government is supporting through the UK Space Agency and the major investments in our modern Industrial Strategy", said UK Science Minister Sam Gyimah. Airbus has already been working on a project of their own naming ExoMars which is bound to go to the red planet in 2021.

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