Perseverance and Curiosity are two of NASA’s rovers exploring the planet Mars for signs of life and clues about its history. Through its Mars Sample Return Program, NASA is taking up the challenge to launch a rocket from the surface of Mars and bring back samples from the planet, despite environmental complications.
The mission will let Perseverance collect samples and leave them in sealed tubes on the planet for future rovers to come to collect them. Samples will be later, loaded onto ascent vehicles which will launch into orbit and release the samples to an orbiting aircraft bringing back the evidence to Earth. This will be the first rocket to be launched from another planet.