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NASA Mars Blitz Underway — InSight Lander To Touch Down On Nov. 26

19 Nov 2018, 22:40 UTC
NASA Mars Blitz Underway — InSight Lander To Touch Down On Nov. 26
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Jezero crater was the site of an ancient lake and now the landing site for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission to look for past life. The outlet canyon carved by overflow flooding is visible in the upper right side of the crater. Ancient rivers carved the inlets on the left side of the crater. There are more than 200 of these paleolakes on Mars. NASA / Tim Goudge
Jezero Crater, which once held a lake with the same volume of water as Lake Winnipeg, has been chosen as the landing site of the upcoming Mars 2020 mission. More than 60 candidate locations were scrutinized and debated before Jezero was selected. Mars 2020 launches in July 2020. When it lands on Mars in February 2021, a rover will hunt for signs of past bacterial life and collect and store rock and soil samples to be retrieved and returned to Earth on a future mission.
“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,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “Getting samples from this unique ...

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