NASA is heading back to the drawing board for a Mars Sample Return architecture, and is accepting proposals for mission studies by May. I talk about a few takeaways from the communication of that plan, and ponder whether or not SpaceX is going to do the damn thing.

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NASA Sets Path to Return Mars Samples, Seeks Innovative Designs – NASARapid Mission Design Studies for Mars Sample ReturnElon Musk on X: “@NASA Starship has the potential to return serious tonnage from Mars within ~5 years”NASA’s Dragonfly Rotorcraft Mission to Saturn’s Moon Titan Confirmed

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