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Ryan AndersonSeptember 17, 2008

MSL Landing Site Selection: The Votes are In!

This article originally appeared on Ryan Anderson's "The Martian Chronicles" blog and is reposted here with permission.

It looks like the top three sites are Eberswalde, Holden and Gale. The "middle" ranked sites are Nili Fossae and Mawrth Vallis, and Miyamoto and South Meridiani are the lowest two.

Remember, the results of this meeting are a recommendation, not a binding contract. This will be passed on to the project science group, engineers, and managers and they will make their decisions and recommendations. There will be another workshop in April to narrow down to a single top choice, and then everything will be passed to headquarters for the final decision.

Read more: mission status, Mars, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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