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[H]ardOCP: NASA Picks Landing Site for 2020 Mars Rover

[H]ardOCP: NASA Picks Landing Site for 2020 Mars Rover

NASA has officially announced the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover.

The US space agency revealed its rover, a space exploration vehicle created to move across the rocky planet, will land in the 28-mile wide Jezero Crater, which is believed to be 3.6 billion years old.

The US$2.5 billion (RM10.5 billion) rover is planned to launch in July 2020, and land in February 2021.

Mars InSight
NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover

That's particularly important for because one of the rover's tasks is to collect samples destined for return to Earth on a mission to be named later, most likely in the early 2030s.

The site offers a "geologically rich terrain" featuring landforms that date back billions of years.

"Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionise how we think about Mars and its ability to harbour life", Zurbuchen said. Scientists believe that water flowed in the 28-mile wide crater billions of years ago. From the Jezero Crater, NASA hopes to obtain samples of at least five different kinds of rocks, including clays and carbonates that can preserve signatures of life.

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There are a number of factors that NASA had to consider while choosing a landing site. As we have already mentioned, the crater, Jezero interesting not only in itself, but the proximity to the site of midway, which is less than 30 kilometers and can be visited by the Rover at the second stage of the work.

Along with the ancient river delta, the site is also surrounded with small impact craters, boulders and rocks, cliffs, and depressions filled with aeolian bedforms that can trap a rover. A final report will be presented to an independent review board and NASA Headquarters in the fall of 2019.

InSight is heading for a spot of land called Elysium Planitia, an area that astronomers have described as "the biggest parking lot on Mars".

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'Keeping in mind our ambitious goal to eventually send humans to the surface of the Moon and then Mars, I know that our incredible science and engineering team - the only in the world to have successfully landed spacecraft on the Martian surface - will do everything they can to successfully land InSight on the Red Planet'.

Nasa is planning to broadcast its first Mars landing in six years to viewers "everywhere" using its social media accounts and online television channel.

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