NASA’s upcoming Mars Mission is around the corner, and the team is uncompromisingly working for marking new accomplishments through this operation. In a recent breakthrough, a team of NASA-backed scientists has shortlisted three potential sites on the Red Planet, one of which will host the next Lander of NASA in 2020. The recommendation has sourced from the team of scientists are involved in a landing site practicum for the future Mars mission, scheduled to have effect in 2020.
The three shortlisted landing sites, recommended by NASA’s scientists are Northeast Syrtis, Jezero Crater, and Columbia Hills. The shortlist of drilling locations for NASA’s next Mars Mission is based on the imagery and data sent out by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. According to NASA, all the three selected areas could have support life and drill them may pave new paths for the exploration of Mars’s habitability.
As stated by NASA, Jezero Crater of Mars has bagged the highest number of votes and is standing tall in the list to host the Lander in 2020. Aived by NASA’s scientists, Jezero Crater was once house to an old Martian lake and hence is subjective for exploration. Similarly, Northeast Syrtis, with the second highest vote has declared as the second most ideal site for landing probe. Northeast Syrtis is one of the oldest provinces of Martian Surface and hence could hold clues about alien life.
Last but not the least; Columbia Hills is the third most potential site for NASA to land it’s Mars 2020 Rover on Mars. The site was used to be home to an old sizzling spring. According to the scientists of NASA, the three shortlisted sites are the topmost prospective to host Martian life, and the NASA’s rover, if landed on them may lead researchers on the way to explore more details about the Martian atmosphere, surface, and of course the existence of celestial life on Red Planet.
NASA’s Mars 2020 is a rover, programmed under NASA’s Mars Exploration Mission. Scheduled to soar in July 2020 through an Atlas V 541 rocket, the rover will investigate about the ancient environment of Mars, alongside its surface geological procedures, origin, history, Martian life, and its potential past habitability. The launch event of 2020 Mars will be conducted at Florida-based Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Since its announcement on 4th December 2012, a highly experienced team of NASA has been working on the landing site workshop for picking out the most ideal location for landing Rover. The 2020 Mars has derived its design for NASA’s most fruitful Curiosity Rover, which is orbiting the Red Planet since 2011.