Likely 2040 Before Mars Samples Returned Safely, Legally - And Not Likely To Answer Astrobiology Questions

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ESA have just signed a letter of intent to co-operate with NASA on a Mars sample return (see Agencies aim to bring back rocks from Mars). I hope this does not mean a change of focus for ESA from in situ searches to a sample return. This expensive NASA program is more of an astrobiology technology demo than an astrobiologiy mission.

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