The dream of a manned Mars landing dates from the 1960s, when the first moon landings were planned and succeeded. From 25th to 27th April 2018 more than 150 scientists from all over the world discussed the next steps on the way to fulfilling this dream at the 2nd International Mars Sample Return Conference in the AXICA. ESA and NASA are working closely together to launch the next (unmanned) mission in 2020. Flight systems, possible landing sites, collecting surface samples (and their analysis) and transport to the earth were just a few of the topics to be covered in the packed program of the three days.
Particularly fascinated were AXICA project manager Martina Göttler and the whole team of the exhibited Mars Rover.
Further information from the ESA on the subject of Mars mission can be found HERE.
Photos: ESA / Thomas Rafalzyk