On Oxford Road, some of Manchester's top scientists await samples from Mars

'It’s going to be the culmination of everything we are doing here'

This evening, NASA’s Perseverance rover will attempt to land on Mars, one of a trio of missions arriving at the Red Planet in short succession.

The landing will be closely watched by scientists at the University of Manchester, who are among the world’s leading experts on the Martian environment, and who expect to get their hands on some of the samples b…

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