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Special Session: Mars Sample Return Campaign 1

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 8:20 AM
Waterway Ballroom 5

Brandi Carrier
Jeff Osterhout
Eleni Ravanis
8:20 AM
Session Introduction
8:25 AM
Hays L. E.* Kminek G. Carrier B. L. Beaty D. W. Sefton-Nash E. Thiessen F. et al.
Mars Sample Return Science Planning: A Status Update [#1606]
NASA and ESA / Plan to return samples and / Maximize science.
8:35 AM
Wadhwa M.* Farley K. A.
The Current Status of the Mars Sample Return Program and Sample Collection by the Perseverance Rover [#2573]
We will summarize here the geologic context and mineral-chemical characteristics of the igneous and sedimentary rocks collected thus far by Perseverance, and why these samples meet many of the key science objectives of MSR.
8:45 AM
Gupta S.* Stack Morgan K. Mangold N. Ives L. R. W. Gwizd S. Caravaca G. et al.
Going With the Flow: Sedimentary Evolution of the Jezero Western Fan, Mars [#2607]
Jezero Western fan shows complex evolution of a fluvial-deltaic-lacustrine system on early Mars. Rock samples collected from fan deposits provide exciting opportunities for returned sample science, both in search for potential biosignatures and martian crustal evolution.
8:55 AM
Bosak T.* Shuster D. Weiss B. Mayhew L. Scheller E. Siljestrom S. et al.
Astrobiological Potential of Rocks Acquired by the Perseverance Rover at the Front of the Western Sediment Fan in Jezero Crater, Mars [#1832]
The Perseverance rover collected seven samples of the oldest sedimentary rocks from the front of the western sediment fan in Jezero crater. These rocks would enable the search for potential biosignatures and constrain the evolution of Mars’ volatiles and climate.
9:05 AM
Panel Q&A
9:25 AM
Siebach K. L.* Tice M. M. Hurowitz J. A. Moreland E. L. Van Beek J. K. Kizovski T. V. et al.
PIXL Analyses of Sedimentary Rocks in the Mars 2020 Perseverance Upper Fan Campaign in Jezero Crater [#2365]
Jezero delta / Olivine-rich sands glued by / Salts, altered products.
9:35 AM
Minitti M. E.* Bhartia R. Sharma S. Murphy A. E. Uckert K. Phua Y. et al.
Investigating Minerals and Organics in the Jezero Delta Utilizing SHERLOC Texture, Fluorescence, and Hydration Observations [#1935]
We utilize the ability of SHERLOC to correlate visible textures, Raman and fluorescence emissions, and vibrational modes of hydration to assess the presence and spatial distribution minerals and organics in the Jezero delta.
9:45 AM
Tice M. M.* Hurowitz J. A. Siebach K. L. Moreland E. L. Kizovski T. V. Schmidt M. E. et al.
Regional Paleoenvironments Recorded in Sedimentary Rocks of the Western Fan-Delta, Jezero Crater, Mars [#2181]
Delta sands reveal / Jezero climate deltas / Ancient drying lakes.
9:55 AM
Weiss B. P.* Nachon M. Siebach K. Farley K. A. Stack K. M. Bosak T. et al.
Perseverance Samples from the Jezero Upper Fan [#1843]
Perseverance samples of the upper Jezero fan contain materials from the earliest period of martian history and the youngest fluvial activity in the crater.
10:05 AM
Panel Q&A
10:25 AM
Young E. D.* Swindle T. D. Schwenzer S. P.
The Importance of Martian Atmosphere Sample Return [#2620]
We outline the scientific value in returning a pristine sample of martian atmosphere using specific examples.
10:35 AM
McAdam A. C.* Stern J. C. Thorpe M. T. Graham H. V. Franz H. B. Glavin D. P. et al.
Evolved Gas Analysis of Returned Martian Samples [#2570]
Evolved gas analysis of samples in the Mars Sample Return Sample Receiving Facility would address several iMOST goals and constrain volatile-bearing phases that would be impacted by sterilization and may begin to change when sample tubes are opened.
10:45 AM
Rampe E. B.* Sarrazin P. Blake D. F. Bristow T. F. Yen A. S. Downs R. T. et al.
Advances in X-Ray Instruments to Support Mars Sample Return [#1510]
Miniaturized X-ray instruments (XRD, XRF, XCT) are essential instruments for the MSR Sample Receiving Facility to provide mineralogical, geochemical, and petrological information on samples before disseminating aliquots to the science community.
10:55 AM
Mayhew L. E.* Quantin-Nataf C. Scheller E. L. Simon J. I. Weiss B. P. Horgan B. et al.
The Scientific Value of Collecting Samples from the Jezero Crater Rim [#2602]
Collection of samples of unique rock units and features exposed within the Jezero crater rim will result in significant added scientific value to the cache of samples onboard the Perseverance rover that will be returned to Earth.
11:05 AM
Panel Q&A
11:25 AM
Session Closure