ExoMars landing site downselections
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
19-11-2007 17:00 CST
It hasn't been that long since the Mars Science Laboratory landing site downselection meeting; it was quickly followed by a meeting in Europe on ExoMars, which is currently planned for a 2011 launch. BBC News posted a story on the ExoMars meeting that included a list of ExoMars' short list of possible landing sites:
- Mawrth Vallis - an ancient valley covered with light-coloured clay-rich minerals
- Nili Fossae - large eroded surface fracture partially filled with clay-rich debris from a space impact
- Meridiani Planum - ESA is looking at two different sites on this plain located two degrees south of the equator
- Holden Crater - an ancient lakebed with layered sedimentary deposits
- Gale Crater - an impact crater with exposed layered deposits
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