NASA should bring Mars rocks back to Earth, says panel

2019-03-07 11:17:00

BRINGING Martian rocks home is the best way to look for signs of alien life, a panel of planetary scientists has told NASA in its latest Planetary Science Decadal Survey report. The survey, published this week, tries to prioritise missions to study planets and other objects in the solar system, excluding the sun and Earth. The twin rovers NASA landed on Mars in 2004 were designed to analyse rocks and soil and beam back data. But returning the rocks to Earth would allow them to be studied with a much wider range of instruments than a rover could carry,