Test & Measurement

Mars Sample Return Aims to Return Mars Samples

A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is designing a lander which will be the heaviest spacecraft ever to touch down on Mars — Mars Sample Return. As its name suggests, it aims to revolutionize our understanding of Mars by returning scientifically selected samples to Earth for study. Watch this video to see engineers test prototype lander legs and footpads to measure their Martian-ground shock absorption.