NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover

NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover

In a new blog post, NASA reveals that it has chosen a site known as the Jezero Crater to be the landing area for Mars 2020.

It's been many years in the making, but NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission is now in the home stretch.

Between 3.5 billion and 3.9 billion years ago, when simple life forms were emerging on Earth, a river flowed through a delta system into a lake on Mars, then a warm and wet planet.

The location has in the past been considered too tough a challenge, but researchers hope to find evidence of "ancient habitable conditions - and past microbial life", according to NASA.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate said, "The landing site in Jezero Crater offers geologically rich terrain, with landforms reaching as far back as 3.6 billion years old, that could potentially answer important questions in planetary evolution and astrobiology".

"Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbour life", he added. "A delta is extremely good at preserving bio-signatures-any evidence of life that might have existed in the lake water. or possibly things that lived in the headwaters region that were swept in by the river and deposited in the delta", project scientist Ken Farley tells the BBC. There are at least five different types of rock present and potentially a wide variety of minerals. "But what was once out of reach is now conceivable, thanks to the 2020 engineering team and advances in Mars entry, descent and landing technologies".

NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover

Forward-looking: While it remains to be seen whether or not humans will ever establish long-term colonies on Mars, that doesn't mean organizations like NASA aren't exploring the Red Planet.

There are various factors that NASA needed to consider while choosing an arrival site.

Jezero Crater's selection is still "dependent upon extensive analyses and verification testing" according to NASA, and a final report will be given to NASA HQ towards the end of 2019.

"Nothing has been more hard in robotic planetary exploration than landing on Mars", said Zurbuchen.

Image: NASA has announced the rover will land in the Jezero Crater. Utilizing information from NASA's armada of Mars orbiters, they will outline landscape in more noteworthy detail and distinguish districts of intrigue - places with the most fascinating geographical highlights, for instance - where Mars 2020 could gather the best science tests. Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Related News:

  • VAR could be used in the Champions League this season

    VAR could be used in the Champions League this season

    And everybody will have an opportunity to compete in every European competition", added the 51-year-old Slovenian lawyer. Ceferin said a planned third European competition with 32 teams will be appreciated by European clubs.
    United States  man, out to explore cut-off Andaman island, killed by protected tribe

    United States man, out to explore cut-off Andaman island, killed by protected tribe

    In addition to the protected tribes, the islands also host a large presence of the Indian Navy with sensitive installations. Once they reached Port Blair , the fishermen narrated the incident to a local preacher, Alex, who was a friend of Mr Chau.
    Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Pulled Knife On Drunk Boyfriend

    Jada Pinkett Smith Says She Pulled Knife On Drunk Boyfriend

    I knew he wasn't going to harm you. "But I do know when enough gets to be enough, and you gotta' get out of there". Smith ended the story by saying at the time, she knew she was "in trouble". "There was so many".
  • Debbie Crosbie is hired as chief executive of TSB

    Debbie Crosbie is hired as chief executive of TSB

    The bank had been trying to migrate customer data from former owner Lloyds' IT system to a new one managed by Sabadell . She is set to join TSB in the new year, with a start date to be announced in due course.
    Twitter reacts to Rams-Chiefs insane MNF game

    Twitter reacts to Rams-Chiefs insane MNF game

    There were soon 84 points on the board between the two teams with 11 minutes left to play in the fourth quarter. Naturally Twitter had a lot to say about the swing of emotions.
    Tennis star Venus Williams settles fatal crash lawsuit

    Tennis star Venus Williams settles fatal crash lawsuit

    Barson's husband Jerome , who sat in the passenger seat of Linda's vehicle , died 14 days later from blunt traumatic injuries. In June of that year, Linda Barson T-boned the tennis player's vehicle at a busy intersection in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Three people injured in fight on stage at Danforth Music Hall

    He returned to perform "Infrared", and claim that the beer throwers were being paid to attack. The rapper is blaming his rival Drake for the attack which happened in his hometown in Canada.
    Foo Fighters announce Dublin gig

    Foo Fighters announce Dublin gig

    This will mark the band's first return to Ireland in four years since their headline show at Slane Castle in 2015. Having rocked Ireland at his last visit, the news of two upcoming concerts will no doubt have fans in a frenzy.
    Braun Strowman Suffers Graphic Injury After Brutal Attack On 'WWE Raw'

    Braun Strowman Suffers Graphic Injury After Brutal Attack On 'WWE Raw'

    WWE should know more about Strowman's status for TLC once the surgery has been completed and they know how bad everything was. As a result, she booked the two to face one another in a match at the TLC pay-per-view on December 16.
  • Marchessault scores twice, Golden Knights beat struggling Oilers

    Marchessault scores twice, Golden Knights beat struggling Oilers

    Vegas had scored four or more goals in three of its past four games but was shut down by Jake Allen. Edmonton won three of four games past year against the reigning Western Conference champions...
    Snoop Dogg receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star!

    Snoop Dogg receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star!

    During the ceremony, the rapper was also surrounded by some of his A-list pals, the list including names such as Dr. The musician and star was awarded the honour on the 25th anniversary of his debut album 'Doggystyle '.
    Nissan-Renault Rivalry Bursts Into the Open After Ghosn's Arrest

    Nissan-Renault Rivalry Bursts Into the Open After Ghosn's Arrest

    Ghosn's position as board chair for Renault will be temporarily occupied by the lead independent director, Phillipe Lagayette. The allegations of misconduct relate to Ghosn's role as chairman of Nissan , which Renault now owns a 43.4 per cent stake in.


Most liked

Australian immigration numbers should be cut under, says Scott Morrison
Morrison was an architect of Australia's hardline policy of detaining asylum-seekers trying to reach the country by boat on remote Pacific islands.

WP: Trump intends to declare Venezuela a country-sponsor of terrorism
Administration officials have long said that further measures were under consideration, including an embargo on Venezuelan oil. Maduro won a new six-year term in May but his main rivals disavowed the election and alleged massive irregularities.

Steve Aoki Shares Playful Video for BTS Collaboration "Waste It On Me"
Ken said of his role in the clip: 'It's so cool to be a part of the number one song...in the WORLD. They collaborated with Steve Aoki for their first English song called " Waste It On Me ".

Newsflash: NYSE Owner Delays Bakkt Bitcoin Futures Launch to 2019
Loeffler started by noting that her team has been "hard at work with customer onboarding and securing regulatory approvals". Despite the importance of the Bakkt futures launch might be overestimated, the news trimmed Bitcoin's gains yesterday.

What is the latest skill being added to AI\'s resume?
The campaign to launch the Lexus ES will span across digital, social and cinema channels across the European continent. The minute-long film tells the tale of a Takumi master craftsman, fresh off his latest creation, the Lexus ES sedan.

UN Environment Chief Quits After Audit On Travel Expenses
He concluded with a pledge to remain a friend of the body and the professionals he worked with. Moments ago, with a heavy heart, I informed the Secretary-General of my decision.

Google Cloud CEO stepping down to welcome ex-Oracle exec
Her management also spurred questions from some employees about Google's work for the US government. However, she will still retain her position as director for Google's parent company Alphabet.

Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station
The launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is seen as a rehearsal for the next manned voyage, planned for December 3.

Scientists simulate black hole at the centre of the Milky Way
This makes that black holes very hard to study (we aren't able to directly image them) - they're also incredibly frightening. The simulator created a virtual reality tour of Sagittarius A, creating the most accurate portrayal of the black hole .

NASA to review SpaceX, Boeing projects after Musk seen smoking weed
Sources with intel on the situation said Musk's blazed-up appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast was the cause of the review.

Death toll in Kabul wedding hall blast rises to over 50
Health Ministry official Wahedullah Majroh told VOA at least 24 people were brought to the hospital in "critical condition". Despite diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year war, in recent months the security situation has deteriorated sharply.

Harley Quinn Spin-off Movie Gets A Full Title -- And It's Very Long
The title also could allude to the film's plot - which will apparently see Harley break away from her romance with The Joker . After all, it'd be just like Harley to doodle on a script page and make the movie more about her.

Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower Split After 20 Years of Marriage
He has been at a few things since the very end of the summer without her - and rumor has it they are done, ' the insider dished. Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower , have split after a more than 20 years together, multiple outlets report.

New Lego Movie 2 trailer shows new characters in a wasteland
Pratt has played all those characters in " Guardians of the Galaxy ", " The Magnificent Seven ", and " Jurassic World ", respectively.

Oilers fire McLellan, hire Hitchcock as head coach
The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly fired head coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with Ken Hitchcock. Todd McLellan looks on during Edmonton Oilers training camp on September 14, 2018.