The SpaceX Red Dragon capsule will hopefully bring back Mars soil samples to planet earth about seven years from now.
2022 is the target date that has been set for the launch of the SpaceX Red Dragon capsule. This baby will deliver rock samples from Mars back to earth. And they could then be analyzed physically and chemically to see what the Martian landscape consists of.
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Termed the Red Dragon Project, it is a scheme which is still only on paper. Thus it will be years before it becomes a viable and virtual reality.
The mission has yet to receive the approval of the sponsors and parent agencies. The Red Dragon capsule will collect soil samples kept in the interior of NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover. Thus all these things are on the drawing board only and have still not been put into practice.
The soil samples could be sent back to earth and the experts could then see whether the soil samples contain any signs of past life on the Red Planet. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket and a souped-up version of the Dragon cargo capsule could get employed in the stratagem.
The Red Dragon Project is a remote possibility with the current models and pre-existing space technology. It might take some extra elbow grease and effort, but the scheme is not anything out of the blue and can be managed.
The Red Dragon researchers have started on the project with little interference from SpaceX. Although Mars is a desolate, barren and frozen habitat that harbors no signs of life today, once upon a time it had water on its surface.
But this was billions of years ago. The planet was a warmer terrain back then too. There are even some scientists who make the claim that life originally evolved on Mars and only later on got transferred to earth.
The search for any signs of life on Mars is not an easy task. It requires infinite perusal of the rock and soil samples. This is a task that is better accomplished on earth than by the current NASA Curiosity Rover that is so far away.
The labs on the planet are fine-tuned to pick any signs of life from the most densest of physical substances. So that would be the right way to go about it. The Mars Mission is indeed on the the big budget list of the United States of America.
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The Red Dragon is meant to land on Mars right in front of the 2020 Mars Rover and pick up the soil samples from it for a safe and smooth return journey to earth.