UK Will Take Part in Mars Surface Sample Return Mission

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The UK Space Industry will be part of the first mission to bring back materials from another planet.

The European Space Industry (ESA) has awarded two contracts to Airbus, one is to build a Sample Fetch Rover and a second to design an Earth Return Rover.

Aspects of the design and creation of the rovers will be undertaken at Airbus’ defence and space research facility in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Commenting in the announcement, Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: “One rover bound for Mars in 2020 is already under construction by Airbus in Stevenage and the knowledge and

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