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Monday, January 27, 2003



Landing Locations Chosen for Rover Mission

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Project now has a home: the Meridiani Planum and Gusev Crater. Almost unanimously, a team of scientists recommended these two spots as the best places to land on Mars. They hope that the Meridiani site could lead to the discovery of hot springs believed to be underground there. They also believe the Gusev Crater to be an ancient lakebed. The May 30th and June 25th launch windows appear to be the best options for launch, with both Rovers on the surface of Mars a year from now.

- posted by Alex @ 15:55 EST