This artist's concept of the proposed NASA Mars Sample Return mission shows rendezvous of the orbiting sample container with the Earth return vehicle.

This artist's concept of the proposed Mars Sample Return mission shows rendezvous of the orbiting sample container with the Earth return vehicle. This image is part of a series designed to describe the current groundbreaking Mars Sample Return mission concept (see figure 1 below for a composite of the series), with a tentative launch date of 2013.

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Figure 1: series composite

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