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Mars Sample Tube Sealing

The objective of this task is to develop and validate a sample tube sealing method to Technology Readiness Level 5 for possible future sample return missions. The sealing method will be directed towards 1 cm diameter thin-walled sample tubes. Full end-to-end sample integrity will be addressed, including: material selection, cleaning and sterilization, integration into a caching system, sealing in a relevant environment, launch and re-entry vehicle impact mitigation, and sample removal from the tube.
Point of Contact: Paulo Younse
Sponsored By: Mars Technology Program

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Paulo Younse