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Fraser
2003-Nov-17, 07:05 PM
SUMMARY: The European Space Agency is planning a mission to study the surface of Mars by picking up material from the surface and returning it to the Earth. The Mars Sample Return mission will consist of two parts: the return capsule will launch in 2011 and go into orbit around Mars; the lander and ascent module will launch two years later and land on the planet to collect a sample from a depth of 2 metres. It will then launch into Mars' orbit, link up with the return capsule, and bring the sample back to the Earth.


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Guest
2003-Nov-17, 09:49 PM
Does anybody realy believe they can do this. Only America has the technology to accomplish a thing like this. If they park a return vehicle by 2011 and then send a lander someitme later they may well be following our astronauts who are already on the way.

Guest
2003-Nov-17, 09:50 PM
Sounds like a new "favorite" mission.

Wendell

all_isone
2003-Nov-17, 10:04 PM
Originally posted by Guest@Nov 17 2003, 09:49 PM
Does anybody realy believe they can do this. Only America has the technology to accomplish a thing like this. If they park a return vehicle by 2011 and then send a lander someitme later they may well be following our astronauts who are already on the way.
of course we can do this, what is this? space nationalism is all we need

Haglund
2003-Nov-17, 10:28 PM
Of course they could pull it off, and why not?

Menikmati
2003-Nov-18, 04:52 PM
I don't see why the misson can not happen. It will be great to get these samples from mars and to have them examined.

Bill Munn
2003-Nov-19, 09:28 PM
Yes I believe the ESA can perform this mission with about almost as much success as the United States (which to say is still risky). Most of the technology (launch/orbit systems, cushioned landing, satellite rendezvous) has been demo'ed before, but has not been integrated. They may have a slightly harder time integrating everything since they have so many countries with their "fingers in the pot", which may increase their risk of something going wrong, but they can probably pull it off.

As for the US passing them by on our way to Mars with our own Astronauts… No way. Back in the 70-80's they predicted we would have built faster satellites, which would pass the voyagers space probes as they zoomed out of our solar system. It never happened. Our space industry development is currently too dependant on government/military technology… which is dependant on Congress / Political opinion for funding. Unfortunately, space technology has not developed as was expected back in the 60's.

Bill

Haglund
2003-Nov-20, 11:02 AM
Exactly. What the sicentists, engineers and visionares think they can do, and what the government wants to do is not necessarily the same thing.