Next Mars Rover Team Leans Toward Sample Caching

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

“You can analyze samples here on Earth by not just a handful of investigators, but by hundreds of investigators, maybe thousands,” said Hubbard, now a professor at Stanford University. “You cannot just use the laboratory that you guessed was the right lab and took to the surface of Mars, but by every conceivable national laboratory on the face of the Earth that will apply for the samples. And you can use instrumentation that, right now, no one can conceive how to shrink it down.”

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