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Both the United States and China Plan to Retrieve Samples from Mars

Bruce Furst

Bruce Furst is president of the music licensing content company Ashber Corporation in Austin, Texas. Not content to just protect music copyrights on Earth, Bruce Furst is also the chief executive officer of Intergalactic Royalty Operations Corporation (iRoc), which will preserve artists’ work throughout the Milky Way galaxy.

While already a reality, interplanetary space travel is poised to become more common in the future, since both NASA and the Chinese national space agency have ambitious plans to retrieve soil samples from Mars at some point during the 2020s.
NASA has formulated the mission as the Mars 2020 rover, which is scheduled to launch an Atlas V rocket by July 2020 and reach its destination by February of the following year. For its part, the Chinese intend to launch a Long March 5 rocket that will carry an orbiter to Mars and land a small rover they have named the Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover in July or August 2020. Both missions intend to use this initial trip to gather the samples and leave them on Mars’s surface, waiting for a second vessel to pick them up before making the return voyage to Earth.

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