NASA announces landing site for Mars 2020 Rover

Nasa In Sight Mission’s live streaming at QNL on Monday

Mars 2020 is created to land inside the crater and collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth for further analysis, perhaps by the later 2020s. According to reports, it would only take 8 minutes for the signal to travel from Mars to Earth. The technology used to land InSight is based on the Phoenix spacecraft, which touched down on the Red Planet in 2008.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate said, "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". It will land in Elysium Planitia, which is near the equator of Mars.

"It's a Thursday", said Allen Chen, who's leading the entry, descent and landing team for what's now known as NASA's Mars 2020 rover. It is considered the largest parking lot in Mars.

NASA reveals that it has chosen a site known as the Jezero Crater to be the landing area for Mars 2020.

The 28-mile- (45-kilometer) wide Jezero Crater was selected as the destination for the mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2020, because of its potential for scientific research. Utilizing information from NASA's armada of Mars orbiters, they will outline landscape in more noteworthy detail and distinguish districts of intrigue - places with the most fascinating geographical highlights, for instance - where Mars 2020 could gather the best science tests.

"The delta is a good place for evidence of life to be deposited and then preserved for the billions of years that have elapsed since this lake was present", Ken Farley, Mars 2020 project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told reporters on a conference call. Using its seven-foot-long robotic arm and a suite of instruments, it will drill a 16-feet hole into the surface of the Red Planet. The goal of InSight is to provide comparative data on Mars interior to Earth's.

NASA also said that InSight does not intend to search for life but to show if microbes do or ever lived beneath the surface. The Library will close at 8pm on November 26, and re-open for the event at 9:30pm.

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