BRINGING MARS TO EARTH
SCIM will embark on a breakthrough journey inspiring the world with an entirely new view of Mars. SCIM is a mission whose time has come!
Round Trip to Mars
SCIM - Sample Collection to Investigate Mars - will return the first samples of Martian materials to Earth without the complexity and risk of landing, and at a fraction of the cost. As the first round trip mission to Mars, SCIM will break new ground, and set the stage for future visits to Mars by humans.
With a baseline launch opportunity in August 2020, SCIM performs a daring high-speed atmospheric pass down to below 40 km altitude timed to coincide with seasonal Martian dust storms, collecting thousands of Martian dust particles from the atmosphere. After the sample collection pass at Mars, the spacecraft returns directly to Earth, where its precious, sterilized samples descend by parachute to the ground.
2020 Mission Profile (Tentative)
Launch (August 22, 2020)
- C3=23.4 km2/sec2
Mars Flyby (August 8, 2021)
Mars Sample Collection (July 10, 2022)
- Ls=263° (near Mars’ perihelion – dust storm season)
- Altitude of Closest Approach = 37 km, Latitude= -22.6 deg.
- Velocity at Closest Approach = 6.7 km/s
Earth Return Maneuver (July 21, 2022)
- Delta V=341 m/sec
Earth Return (February 17, 2023)
- Velocity of Entry=11.5 km/sec
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Together we will create new levels of public access and engagement in scientific research from space. Support us as we all explore the universe, galaxies, and new solar systems - discoveries await!