By European Space Agency
Video: 00:01:07 The mission to return martian samples back to Earth will see a European 2.5 metre-long robotic arm pick up tubes filled with precious soil from Mars and transfer them to a rocket for an historic interplanetary delivery.
The sophisticated robot, known as the Sample Transfer Arm or STA, will play a crucial role in the success of the Mars Sample Return campaign.
The Sample Transfer Arm is conceived to be autonomous, highly reliable and robust. The robot can perform a large range of movements with seven degrees of freedom, assisted by two cameras and a myriad of sensors. It features a gripper – akin to a hand – that can capture and handle the sample tubes at different angles.
The robotic arm will land on Mars to retrieve the sample tubes NASA’s Perseverance rover is currently collecting from the surface. Able to “see”, “feel” and take autonomous decisions, its high level of dexterity allows the arm to extract the tubes from the rover, pick them up from the martian ground, insert them into a container and close the lid before lifting-off from Mars.
ESA’s Earth Return Orbiter (ERO) will rendezvous with the container filled with martian samples and bring the material back to Earth.
The joint endeavour between NASA and ESA aims to bring back martian samples to the best labs in our planet by 2033.
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NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced Tuesday a collaboration to demonstrate a nuclear thermal rocket engine in space, an enabling capability for NASA crewed missions to Mars.View the full article
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If you've seen this before, you might want to look again. If you have never seen it, you also might want to look again.
According to Viewzone, we talking about an enormous spaceship on the moon allegedly discovered and photographed during the Apollo 15 mission. The story about this alien spacecraft has been going around the web since about 2007.
The craft was supposed to have been a very large alien spacecraft which had crashed or was otherwise abandoned on the Moon in ancient times.
The existence of this ship is shrouded in mystery and it is said there were 'classified NASA space missions' to the moon, with top priority, a close examination of the huge spaceship.
The mystery continues with the statement of William Rutledge. Mr. William Rutledge (retired) claims he was on a special NASA mission and involved with NASA in the late 70s.
Rutledge claims to have worked on at least two missions to the Moon, including the failed Apollo 19, and the Apollo 20, which he says was launched in August of 1976 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Both of these missions, according to Rutledge, were 'secret joint space missions' resulting from collaborations between U.S. and Soviet governments. They do not appear on any roster of NASA missions, and if this is true, its for good reason.
Now, 'The Why Files' has made an amazing video on this mysterious alien spacecraft and you may wonder if all of this is actually real, but at the end of the video he concludes, as many other people, that the whole story on the secret Apollo 20 mission to the moon to salvage an ancient alien spacecraft was a hoax.
But... was it really a hoax, the above panoramic photo AS15-P-9630 (Atlas Apollo Images) proves the existence of an enormous ancient spacecraft on the moon.
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