NASA Selects Jezero Crater Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover

Pat Wise
November 22, 2018

"This landing site sets the stage for the next decade of Mars exploration", NASA said. The space agency announced that it has selected the place where it wants to land its next Mars rover to discover extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. A key objective of the new mission will be to find evidence of possible life on a young Mars: after it was revealed that in the past the planet had a mass of liquid water that it flowed a river flowing into the lake - it's time to examine themselves beds of ancient bodies of water and they collected sediment.

"The landing site in Jezero Crater offers geologically rich terrain. that could potentially answer important questions in planetary evolution and astrobiology", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. "Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionise how we think about Mars and its ability to harbour life".

Zurbuchen believes that his Mars 2020 engineering team has worked very hard to ensure a safe landing on the crater.

The material carried into the delta from a large watershed may contain a wide variety of minerals from inside and outside the crater. This allowed the science community to consider more challenging landing sites. An important difference is and landing system module, the Sky Crane gently lowered Curiosity on a thin rope, the Mars 2020 improved and allows you to track potentially risky objects at the landing site, moving away from them. With a little luck, NASA's rover could obtain samples from rocks in the region that still retain "signatures of past life".

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An artist's illustration of a rover landing in Mars. It is a revised version of the rover Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012. The team will continue their work to study the TRN system and future risks.

NASA's still unnamed Mars 2020 rover will land in Jezero Crater where, scientists believe, a river delta was once located.

The Mars 2020 Project at JPL manages rover development for SMD.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA - MAY 03: The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V rocket is seen with NASA's InSight spacecraft onboard, Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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