MSSR concept

April 1966: NASA Office of Manned Space Flight Planetary Joint Action Group begins PF study
  • Probably based on FLEM concept by R. R. Titus, United Aircraft Corporation, January 1966
  • Voyager invoked in-situ analysis of surface materials using automated laboratories; limited by mass & power restrictions, level of complexity feasible in robot probes
  • MSSR would deliver "fresh" sample to well- appointed laboratory on PF spacecraft within hours of leaving Mars
  • Sample abandoned on PF spacecraft if it contained a pathogen