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NASA Reveals Which Company Will Build Rocket To Bring Samples From Mars to Earth

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The red planet Mars has been on the agenda of many space agencies for a long time. NASA has signed a deal with Lockheed Martin aerospace to building the MAV rocket, which will bring samples from Mars to Earth with its latest announcement.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the company to build the mars Ascent Vehicle (NAV), which is scheduled to bring samples from the red planet Mars to Earth over the next 10 years, announced last Monday.

Lockheed Martin was NASA’s chosen company to build the MAV. “Building the MAV vehicle represents a concrete step not only to land on Mars but also to uncover the details of this ambitious project that we plan to take off from there,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, an associate administrator for NASA’s scientific studies.

Contract signed with Lockheed Martin for construction of MAV rocket worth $194 million

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According to Zurbuchen, the concept phase of the project to bring samples from Mars is coming to an end. When the samples are brought to Earth, scientists in well-equipped laboratories around the world will study them for signs of life on Mars, the planet’s evolutionary history, and other interesting topics, NASA officials said.

The contract signed with Lockheed Martin for the construction of the MAV rocket has a potential value of $194 million. According to the contract, rocket construction will start on February 25th and last for 6 years. During this time, Lockheed Martin will produce multiple MAV rockets and conduct test flights.

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