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Friday, April 11, 2003



Mars Exploration Rover Landing Sites Chosen

An artist's conception of an MER.
An artist's conception of an MER.
Credit: NASA/JPL
NASA announced today that it has chosen the landing sites for the two Mars Exploration Rovers, slated to launch in May and June. The two sites were heavily debated over, with conerns of safety vying against eagerness to dig into the really interesting locations on Mars. The first location, Gusev crater, once had a river flowing into it, making it prime location for spore bacteria and fossils. The second location, Meridiani Planum, has high concentrations of the black mineral hematite, usually formed only in the presence of water. So if we don't find what we are looking for, it will be a huge surprise.

(More info: CBS News, NASA Mars Exploration Rover Home)


- posted by Brian @ 17:07 EST