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Future Mars Missions: Can Humans Actually Trump Robots?

Sample-return mission

The recent landing of Curiosity, the mega-rover for Mars, made use of a Sky Crane concept that might prove useful in the future to plop down on the Red Planet a sample-return mission.

Credit: NASA/JSC

For decades scientists have backed the idea of sending robots to collect Martian rocks and return them to Earth, a project that should be possible well before humans crunch their boots into the distant dunes of the Red Planet.

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