While ExoMars is created to carry several instruments, the Fetch has only one mission- to find Nasa's 2020 rover, collect samples, and bring it back to Earth, according to release.
Ben Boyes, who will lead the feasibility team at Airbus, explained that Fetch will be a relatively small rover - about 130 kg - but what is required of it is very demanding.
ESA's rover will then load the samples into a container, which will be launched into orbit and collected by the Earth Return Orbiter.
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NASA's Mars 2020 rover is going to dig up soil samples and store them in more than 30 tubes which will be dropped at various points.
Landing a rover on Mars is a hard task, but it pales in comparison to the incredible challenge of sending material from the planet back to Earth. The idea is to have this fetch rover on Mars by 2026 where it will be able to detect those canisters from a distance, drive to their location on its own, pick them up with the help of a robotic arm, and then keep them in a storage space.
In 2020, NASA will send a rover to Mars, which will search for interesting materials.
If all goes according to plan, the first samples of Martian soil on Earth before the end of the next decade - and the first footage of a liftoff from Mars. The goal of the container is to make sure that the samples not only survive, but that the samples will neither be contaminated by Earth microbes or the Earth by any microbes it might contain.
"Bringing samples back from Mars is essential in more than one way". For the first time about the flight to Mars Alissa thought in 3 years, when I watched the TV show "the Dreamers".