NASA Picks Ancient Martian River Delta for 2020 Rover Touchdown

NASA In Sight Landing

Unlike the space agency's rovers, InSight is a lander created to study an entire planet from just one spot. Scientists say the site is ideal because of its terrain with landforms dating from as far as long as 3.6 billion years ago. Coverage will start at 2PM ET, with live landing commentary and a feed from mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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There are various factors that NASA needed to consider while choosing an arrival site.

The 28-mile-wide Jezero Crater will give the Mars 2020 mission an opportunity to study a lot of loose rock material, but water was also on NASA's mind when it picked the landing site.

Jezero's ancient lake-delta system offers promising sampling targets of at least five kinds of rock, including clays and carbonates that have high potential to preserve signatures of past life, NASA said in a press statement posted online.

Image: NASA has announced the rover will land in the Jezero Crater.

Gale Crater, with its many layers of sediment, was chosen to tell the story of how Mars transitioned from a warm, wet planet to the frigid and dusty one it is today.

Mars InSight
NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover

Nasa wrote: "The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars" deep interior.

Knowing more about the ability for life to exist on Mars in the distant past could inform us about how life evolved on Earth.

"Landing on Mars is exciting, but scientists are looking forward to the time after InSight lands", said Lori Glaze, Acting Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA headquarters.

Mars is much less geologically active than Earth, and so its interior is closer to being in its original state - a tantalizing time capsule. It takes skill, focus and years of preparation, ' said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at Nasa.

A similar discovery would mark a new era in the exploration of Mars, which started in 1965 when the U.S. launched its first mission to the red planet.

And in the 2020s, NASA's next rover is likely to be joined by the European Space Agency's first rover, which is part of the European-Russian ExoMars exploration campaign.

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