Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration
This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. After being loaded with sealed tubes containing samples of Martian rocks and soil collected by NASA's Perseverance rover, the rocket would launch into Mars orbit. The samples would then be ferried to Earth for detailed analysis.
The lander is part of the multi-mission Mars Sample Return program being planned by NASA and ESA (European Space Agency).
For more information, visit: mars.nasa.gov/msr.