Mars dust won’t bury rock sample tubes from Perseverance rover

Neither dust, nor wind, nor the darkness of the night will disturb the new caches of precious Mars samples on the Red Planet.

This month, NASA Rover of Perseverance dropped shaped like a lightsaber caches of matter on the surface of March to wait as a backup for a future sample return mission. Perseverance collects two samples from each location and takes one set with him. If the rover cannot transport the samples in its belly to a waiting spacecraft, two recovery helicopters will carry the spare surface tubes to the rocket back in place in the 2030s.

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