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Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/18 11:06 CDT

Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

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Chandrayaan-1 update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/18 11:26 CDT

Chandrayaan-1 update

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MSL Landing Site Selection: The Votes are In!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/17 10:35 CDT

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

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MSL Workshop: Votes are Cast!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/17 10:05 CDT

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.

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MSL Workshop Presentations!

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/17 09:55 CDT

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.

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Potential MSL Site: Gale Crater

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/17 08:55 CDT

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.

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Potential MSL Site: Mawrth Vallis

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/17 07:50 CDT

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.

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MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/17 07:07 CDT

MSL landing site meeting: Votes are in!

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Potential MSL Site: Eberswalde

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/17 06:40 CDT

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

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Potential MSL Site: Holden Crater

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/17 05:20 CDT

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/17 04:41 CDT

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

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Potential MSL Site: Nili Fossae Trough

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/16 11:20 CDT

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.

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Potential MSL Site: South Meridiani

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/16 10:20 CDT

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.

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Potential MSL Site: Miyamoto Crater

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/16 09:20 CDT

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.

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3rd MSL Landing Site Workshop: Engineering and Geobiology

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/16 07:20 CDT

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.

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/16 01:27 CDT

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

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

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/15 11:09 CDT

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

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MSL One Year from Launch

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/15 09:20 CDT

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.

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MSL Workshop Eve

Posted by Ryan Anderson on 2008/09/15 07:20 CDT

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

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MAVEN will be the second Mars Scout mission

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/15 04:39 CDT

MAVEN will be the second Mars Scout mission

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