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No space probe has ever returned a sample from Mars. However, we have had a few Martian rocks delivered to Earth in the form of meteorites, which were dislodged by impacts and set adrift between worlds before crashing here. While studying Mars rocks in situ would be idea, the type of equipment we have on Earth is often impractical to ship aboard spacecraft and land on another planet. In that sense, meteorites provide a complementary way to study Mars, providing data that may be otherwise difficult to obtain.
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