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Mars 2020: Returned Sample Science

August 22, 2022 The Mars 2020 Project has released the Initial Reports for samples 1 through 10, below.

April 12, 2022. The Returned Sample Science (RSS) archive consists of sample dossiers, collections of science and engineering data relevant to each sample acquisition, along with associated documentation. Dossiers for the first four samples are currently in preparation for peer review and delivery to PDS. The dossiers will have links to the relevant data products--images and other instrument observations--that already exist elsewhere in the PDS archives. While the archives are in preparation, the Mars 2020 Project has released the Initial Reports for samples 1 through 4. 

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 1-10 October 2022 (PDF, 23.3 MB) Posted August 22, 2022
Modified October 24, 2022





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