NASA will pay most of the $9 billion cost of bringing Martian dirt back to Earth

  • NASA is searching for signs of ancient life on Mars.
  • The $US2.7 ($AU4) billion Perseverance rover landed in February 2021, and will bring back Martian soil to Earth over three missions.
  • The total cost of the project could reach over $US9 ($AU12) billion.
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