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Whitepaper #395 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: Mars; other: Community Awareness; technology development
This white paper is offered with hopes that a new community appreciation for the Mars ascent vehicle (MAV) challenge will help to ultimately bring Mars Sample Return (MSR) to fruition. The main point is that the difficulty of developing a MAV for MSR has been easily underestimated over decades of time, for understandable reasons explained here.