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Opportunity's got a long road ahead

Emily Lakdawalla • September 19, 2008

Mars Exploration Rover principal investigator Steve Squyres announced on National Public Radio's Science Friday show the next goal for Opportunity, and it's a long, long, long way away: a huge crater about 12 kilometers southeast of its current location, which the team is referring to internally as "Endeavour."

Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2008

Good news, everyone! The jillions of you who have asked me "are they ever going to record sounds using microphone on Phoenix?" now have at least part of an answer.

Chandrayaan-1 update

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2008

Chandrayaan-1 update

MSL Landing Site Selection: The Votes are In!

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

It looks like the top three sites are Eberswalde, Holden and Gale.

MSL Workshop: Votes are Cast!

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

The discussion and arguments are over! We are just waiting for the last few ballots to be submitted, and then the project science group will start counting them.

MSL Workshop Presentations!

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

For those of you playing along at home, I thought I should point out that most of the presentations so far are posted at the "marsoweb" landing site website, so I encourage you to go check them out.

Potential MSL Site: Gale Crater

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

I am sort of breaking my own protocol here by posting about Gale crater before I hear the presentations today, but since we will immediately go into discussion and decision making after it is presented this morning, I figured that it would be good to familiarize you with it now.

Potential MSL Site: Mawrth Vallis

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

The Mawrth Vallis landing site is actually a set of four possible landing ellipses in an area with huge clay mineral signatures that is cut by a meandering outflow channel.

MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2008

MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

Potential MSL Site: Eberswalde

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

The Eberswalde site is interesting because it is unarguably the best example of a delta on Mars.

Potential MSL Site: Holden Crater

Ryan Anderson • September 17, 2008

The next landing site that we heard about was Holden Crater. Holden is a 154 km diameter crater formed early in martian history that happened to fall smack in the path of an extensive fluvial system.

Welcome to the solar system, Haumea, Hi'iaka, and Namaka

Emily Lakdawalla • September 17, 2008

Welcome to the solar system, Haumea, Hi'iaka, and Namaka

Potential MSL Site: Nili Fossae Trough

Ryan Anderson • September 16, 2008

This morning we hit the ground running and heard about a very interesting site: the Nili Fossae Trough. This site would land in a big canyon formed when a block of crust dropped down.

Potential MSL Site: South Meridiani

Ryan Anderson • September 16, 2008

The south Meridiani landing site is a newcomer to the bunch. It was added earlier this summer as a replacement for the north Meridiani site.

Potential MSL Site: Miyamoto Crater

Ryan Anderson • September 16, 2008

Miyamoto crater is an ancient crater about 150 km southwest of where the Opportunity rover is right now. The potential landing site has some interesting mineralogy, particularly evidence for phyllosilicate (clay) minerals.

3rd MSL Landing Site Workshop: Engineering and Geobiology

Ryan Anderson • September 16, 2008

We covered a LOT today, so I have decided to split things up. This post will cover the talks in the morning and then I will give each site its own post.

MSL landing site meeting: Getting beaten up is good for science

Emily Lakdawalla • September 16, 2008

MSL landing site meeting: Getting beaten up is good for science

MSL landing site meeting: Where on Mars to look for ancient life

Emily Lakdawalla • September 15, 2008

MSL landing site meeting: Where on Mars to look for ancient life

MSL One Year from Launch

Ryan Anderson • September 15, 2008

One year from today, the Mars Science Laboratory will launch. It seems fitting that the workshop during which we choose the final three possible landing sites begins today.

MSL Workshop Eve

Ryan Anderson • September 15, 2008

It's almost time! Tomorrow the third Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site Workshop begins!

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