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Whitepaper #041 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: laboratory studies; Mars; technology development
With sample return being a key component of current and future missions such as NASA’s Mars 2020, there is an urgent need for highly informative and minimally destructive analytical techniques. Here we describe the NAUTILUS, a new, globally unique instrument with unprecedented analytical capabilities well suited for Mars Sample Return analyses.