Landing in 2028, the rover will then travel an average of 200 metres a day,
over a period of six months to find and pick up the samples. It will collect
up to 36 tubes, carry them back to the lander and place them in a Mars
Ascent Vehicle which will launch them into orbit around Mars.
Further information concerning the Mars Sample Return campaign and the Sample Fetch
Rover mission can be found on the Agency’s website here:
The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an Announcement of Opportunity for scientists to serve as Returned Sample Science Participating Scientists on the NASA Mars 2020 Science Team.
This call is open to scientists with relevant expertise who have their main affiliation in one of the ESA member states (excluding Canada).
Proposals for this AO require a letter of intent which must be submitted by 15 April 2020. More detailed information can be found in the announcement posted at