In the (unlikely) event that Perseverance stops operating before 2026, can the sample fetch rover forcibly detach the already full sample tubes by accessing a manual switch on the rover? Would it make sense to include one?

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    $\begingroup$ Note that Perseverance does not have enough onboard storage to store the sample containers; they are instead cached on the surface of Mars. So, there would only be a limited number of sample containers inside Perseverance anyway, only the ones that were recently sampled and not yet cached. $\endgroup$ Dec 31, 2021 at 10:48


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