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’s Perseverance rover dropped caches of lightsaber-shaped material on the surface of Mars to wait as backup for a future sample-return mission. Perseverance collects two samples from each location and takes one set with him. If the rover can’t transport the samples in its belly to a waiting spacecraft itself, two recovery helicopters will transport the spare surface tubes to the rocket back in the 2030s instead.

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