NASA eyes potential landing sites for 2020 Mars rover mission

September 9, 2014 6:31 PM

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NASA eyes potential landing sites for 2020 Mars rover mission

Expected to launch in 2020, the space agency asked scientists where they'd like to see the rover land on the Martian surface. Officials came away with more than 50 potential landing spots requested by the scientific community during a workshop held in May. Now, NASA officials working with the rover are going to start investigating those suggestions to see which will be the best fit for the spacecraft and its mission.

"I think we have 55-ish community proposals of [landing] sites," George Tahu, Mars 2020 rover program executive, said during a Planetary Science Subcommittee teleconference on Sept. 3. "We took the first crack at those. Nothing has been eliminated at this point. It's just the first cut at starting t...

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