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Mars 2020: Returned Sample Science

March 15, 2023 The Mars 2020 Project has released the Initial Reports for samples 11 through 21, as well as a revised version of the Initital Reports for samples 1 through 10, posted below.

The Returned Sample Science (RSS) Archive contains information related to remote sensing and contact science observations of targets that are drilled and for which samples are cached on the surface. The archive provides scientific context for the samples, and documents what was done during drilling, including the exact location, appearance of the target before and after drilling, and measurements of currents and other engineering parameters associated with drilling. The archive also documents the locations and physical characteristics of cache points for future retrieval.

Initial Reports

The Initial Reports are near-real-time records of activities surrounding sample acquisition, analogous to field notes. They are preliminary, and the interpretations and even some of the underlying measurements will be revised and described more fully in detailed follow-on publications.

The Initial Reports are provided here as soon as they are made available by the Mars 2020 Project. They will ultimately be incorporated into the PDS sample dossier archives, which are currently being assembled and reviewed.

Mars 2020 Initial Reports 11-21 (PDF, 34.1 MB) Posted March 15, 2023
Mars 2020 Initial Reports 1-10 (PDF, 23.5 MB) Posted August 22, 2022
Modified March 15, 2023





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