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Mars sample return mission adds 2 helicopters, scraps ‘fetch’ rover

The campaign to bring pristine Martian samples to Earth will now include two mini helicopters.

NASA officials involved with the Mars sample return (MSR) effort announced today (July 27) that they plan to redesign the mission, abandoning a previous concept that called for a European Space Agency (ESA) “fetch rover” that would touch down on its own lander.


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