Friday, June 24, 2011

Gale Crater on target to become next Mars landing site : Nature News

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According to Nature News, Gale Crater has emerged as the top landing site candidate for the next Mars rover.

Gale Crater on target to become next Mars landing site

"Gale Crater, a 150-kilometre wide depression named after an Australian banker-turned-amateur astronomer, has emerged as the preferred destination for the next spacecraft to set wheels on Mars.  The proposed landing site, which includes a tantalizing 5-kilometre-high mound of ancient sediments, may have once been flooded by water. 


Nature has learned that it rose to the top last month following a secret ranking of four candidate sites by co-investigators working with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a 900-kilogram rover dubbed 'Curiosity' set to launch later this year."