Mars sample return details coming next week, NASA and European Space Agency promise

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The briefing will present a mission architecture proposal by NASA and the European Space Agency.

Next week, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) will present new information on their plans for bringing parts of Mars to Earth.

On Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), the agencies will hold a news conference about the return of the Mars sample.

The project's goal is to return to Earth as soon as 2033 using Martian samples collected by the Perseverance rover. 

The objective is to enable researchers to examine the samples for any evidence of early Martian life as well as details on how the Red Planet changed through the ages.

The agencies "recently convened a systems requirement review as part of the Mars Sample Return campaign's conceptual design phase

a phase where the architecture is developed and finalised," NASA stated in a statement announcing the news conference.

Architecture (in the context of spaceflight missions) often refers to the ideas that underpin how a mission will be carried out.)

If the timeline holds, the architecture proposal will be completed in September, and the agencies will probably go over the process for approval during the briefing.

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