Mars Sample Return Mission Timeline

Mission Events

Launch of Atlas V Rocket

01/01/2020 - 01/02/2020

Arrival of Rover on Mars

09/01/2020 - 09/02/2020

Rover Travels Mars Collecting Samples

09/03/2020 - 12/31/2022

Launch of Retrieval Rocket

03/01/2022 - 03/02/2022

Launch of Sample Pod into Mars Orbit

01/01/2023 - 01/02/2023

Collection of Sample Pod in Mars Orbit

01/03/2023 - 01/04/2023

Return of Samples to Earth

09/01/2023 - 09/02/2023