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Sample return from a primitive near-Earth asteroid
Theme How does the Solar System work?
Primary Goal To return to Earth an unaltered sample from a primitive, near-Earth asteroid (NEA)
Spacecraft Primary spacecraft, Earth re-entry capsule
Lifetime 4.5 years
Type M-class candidate mission


Mission Timeline

  • 2022-2024: Targeted launch dates in December 2022 or December 2023 with backup in December 2024
  • February 2014: PLATO was selected as M3 - the third medium-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision Programme
  • 2013: Under assessment - decision from Science Programme Committee (SPC) expected by February 2014
  • February 2011: MarcoPolo-R is one of four missions selected for further study
  • 2010: Proposed as an M-Class mission in response to Call for Proposals


Last Update: 1 September 2019
17-Jun-2024 23:37 UT

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