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NASA’s Planned Mars Sample Return Campaign Draws Criticism From Unexpected Source – RedState

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NASA is inviting the public to comment on its Mars Sample Return project (MSR). In the agency’s statement, it details that the mission will:

“use robotic Mars orbiter and lander missions launched in 2027 and 2028 to retrieve samples of rocks and atmosphere being gathered by NASA’s Perseverance rover and return them to Earth. The samples of Mars material, securely isolated inside a robust Earth Entry System using a layered ‘container within a container’ approach, could be brought to Earth in the early 2030s, landing notionally at the Utah Test and Training Range operated by the U.S. Air Force. The Earth Entry System would then be transported to a specialized MSR sample receiving facility.”

The agency’s request for public comment focuses on its draft environmental impact statement, said statement focusing on the launch of, and recovery/storage of, vehicles involved in the mission. However, concerns have arisen that the statement neglects the MSR’s potential environmental impact on Mars.

RedState recognizes the importance of being good stewards to natural resources and not causing harm to local habitats, so we are attempting to tell this story from all sides. So, we reached out to…



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