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NASA’s Perseverance rover, set to launch in 2024, will carry a sample collection system that will collect and store Martian rock and soil samples. These samples will be retrieved by a future mission and brought back to Earth for further analysis. The Perseverance rover is a key part of NASA’s Mars Sample Return campaign, which aims to study the potential for past life on Mars and pave the way for future human exploration of the planet.

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In the desolate Martian landscape, a revolutionary aircraft takes flight. Powered by the blazing sun above, “Maggie” soars through the thin atmosphere, paving the way for human exploration of the red planet. With its sleek design and advanced technology, this solar-powered electric plane will change the game for future space missions, and perhaps even become a permanent fixture on the dusty terrain below. A triumph of engineering and ingenuity, Maggie represents the relentless pursuit of progress and the unbreakable human spirit. And in the vast expanse of the cosmos, she is a shining example of human innovation and resilience.

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NASA’s Perseverance rover is continuing to explore Mars and uncover secrets of its ancient Martian lake! New evidence suggests that the lake existed millions of years ago, with possible links to an ancient groundwater system. Samples taken from the lakebed have proven to contain minerals that could have supported microbial life. Perseverance’s exploration is uncovering new information about the planet’s history and indicating the possibility of a wetter, warmer environment than previously expected.

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently made history with its successful launch of the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission to explore the two Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos. These two small, irregular-shaped moons offer scientists an unprecedented chance to gain new insights into the formation and evolution of Mars and the Solar System. The MMX mission will operate in four stages to launch a spacecraft, scout the moons’ surface, collect samples, and deliver them back to Earth. JAXA hopes to deepen our understanding of our Solar System and unveil the secrets behind Mars and its moons.

NASA recently solved a cold case and discovered vast ice reserves hidden beneath the Martian surface, thanks to detailed maps and analysis from NASA space missions. These ice reserves were hidden in shallow crevasses, pits, and large cracks, concealing them from plain sight. The discoveries give hope to one day finding frozen water on the red planet, which could be used as a resource for potential human missions to Mars. Excitingly, some of the regions are believed to contain pure ice, which could help astronauts set up missions and explore Mars more easily.