Hundreds of scientists and explorers of Mars will do it
to meet in a hotel ballroom north of Los Angeles this week
Present, discuss and consider the future landing site for the next NASA project
Planet Rover – Mars 2020. The three-day workshop is the fourth and last in one
Series designed to ensure that NASA receives the widest range of data and opinions
from the scientific community before the agency chooses where to send the new one
The mission of Mars 2020 is not just to look for signs of habitable conditions
Mars in antiquity, but also in search of signs of microbial life in the past. The
Landing for Mars 2020 is of great interest to the planetary community
because new Medley of Science equipment for surface exploration, among the Rover,
It runs a sampling system that collects rock and soil samples and places them in a "cache" on the site. Www.dlr.de/de/desktopdefault.aspx/t…1
Surface of Mars. A future mission could possibly return them
Samples to earth. The next Mars landing after Mars 2020 could be very
good would be a vehicle that would retrieve these Mars 2020 samples.
"The Mars 2020 landing site could
set the stage for Mars exploration for the next decade, "said Thomas
Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate,
Headquarters in Washington. "I am looking forward to the lively debate
and critical input from the science and engineering community. What ever
Landing is eventually chosen, it can hold the very first batch of Mars
Soil, touch the human.
The workshop begins with an opening speech at the top
Scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, Michael Meyer. After the project
Status, technical limitations and site assessment criteria are discussed
the presentations. Fair Warning: Expect a lot of jargon as terms like
biosignatures geochemical conditions
impact deformation biogenetic
Potential Olivine lithologies and
and its astrobiological potential
discard the tongues of the moderators.
"We have these workshops in support of
2020 Landing Site selection since 2014, "said Matt Golombek, Cochair of
the Mars Landing Site Steering Committee of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, California. "At our first workshop we started with about 30
Candidate landing pads, and after additional orbital imaging and a second
Landing Workshop we had a recommendation from eight sites to move forward
for further evaluation. There were so many great places to choose from
the process of refining was tough. This time with four finalists
promises to be even more difficult. Each page has its own fascinating science
potential and knowledgeable advocates. "
It's the turn of champions for four landing options
on the podium, presents and defends her favorite package on the Red Planet.
It is another place, as expected after the completion of the third
Workshop in 2017, where three sites on Mars were recommended
Contemplation – Columbia Hills, Jezero Crater and Northeast Syrtis.
"At the end of the workshop in February 2017,
There were only three locations on our radar as a potential Mars 2020 landing
Locations, "said Ken Farley, project scientist of Mars 2020 at JPL." But
In the following months a proposal for a landing place in
between Jezero and Northeast Syrtis. Our goal is to get on the right page
offers the maximum science for Mars 2020, and this new page – called "Midway"
– was considered worthy to be involved in the discussions.
On the last day, after all presentations were completed,
Workshop participants will weigh the positives and negatives of each page. The results of these considerations are provided
to the Mars 2020 project, which will include it in a recommendation to NASA
Headquarters in Washington, where the final selection is made. The
The announcement of Mars 2020 is expected at the end of the year
"I have participated in all workshops so far, none at all
I am disappointed when it comes to intelligent advice and lively discussions. "
said Farley. "But that's what science is all about – the compelling one and the one
respectable exchange of ideas. The passion of the participants shows how
they do a lot to study Mars. They know that they play a key role
the process, and they know how important the landing pad will be for Mars 2020
Mars 2020 will launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA), Atlas V.
Rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in
Florida in July 2020. Mars is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.
The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing
Website on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, look for signs
of ancient Martian life, and assess natural resources and threats to the future
human discoverer. Scientists will use the instruments aboard the rover
identify and collect samples of rock and soil, encase them in sealed tubes and
leave them on the planet surface so that they can return to earth in the future
Mars 2020 project at JPL in Pasadena, California manages Rover development for
the Scientific Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA
Launch Services Program, located at the Kennedy Space Center of the Florida agency,
is responsible for the start management.
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