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Feb 12, 2024

Astronomy Cast Ep. 707: What Goes Into A Sample Return Mission? Moon & Mars

by Fraser Cain & Dr. Pamela Gay

Streamed live on Feb 5, 2024.

We’ve sent robots to other worlds, but the amount of science we can deploy to another planet can’t compare with the vast science labs we have on Earth. That’s why more and more missions are for a sample return, bringing pieces of alien worlds back to Earth, where we study them with proper equipment.


This video was made possible by the following Patreon members:

Jordan Young


Stephen Veit ( rhymes with right)

Jeanette Wink

Siggi Kemmler

Andrew Poelstra

Brian Cagle

David Truog



Gerhard Schwarzer

THANK YOU! - Fraser and Dr. Pamela