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Mars Science Lab 2009 Workshop, Space.com progress report 31 May 2006
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post Jun 1 2006, 12:59 AM
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The first MSL landing site workshop is now in progress.

So here's a new topic based on this interesting report from space.com today: 31 May 2006

http://www.space.com/news/060531_msl_destination.html

here are the first few paragraphs including a comment that there will be a first cut on prioritizing sites into high, medium and low priority groups.


Landing Sites Debated for Next Mars Rover
By Leonard David
Senior Space Writer
posted: 31 May 2006
09:33 am ET



PASADENA, California – When NASA’s next wheeled robot—the Mars Science Laboratory—rockets skyward in 2009, the mega-rover will carry the largest, most sophisticated array of science gear ever shot to the martian surface.

Far more robust and powerful than those smaller robotic look-alikes now laboring on Mars—Spirit and Opportunity—the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is intended to turn a new page in planetary exploration.

But here’s the issue at hand: Where to land the hunk of high-tech machinery; deciding the ideal spot that’s safe but also maximizes the rover’s chances to help figure out if Mars ever was—or is today—an abode for life.

Leading Mars investigators and space engineers are gathered here this week at the first landing site workshop for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory.

First cut

The purpose of the workshop is to hear about all of the proposed MSL landing sites … and to make a first cut at prioritizing them, said John Grant, a geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Grant also co-chairs the MSL landing site steering committee that organized this week’s meeting.

"All of the sites will probably remain under consideration after this first workshop, but they will be prioritized into high, medium, and low groups,"
Grant said.
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post Jun 5 2006, 01:34 AM
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There is a previous topic almost identical to this.

http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...indpost&p=36778

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post Jun 7 2006, 09:16 PM
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A new one :

http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/06...scientists.html


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post Jun 8 2006, 03:03 AM
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Dozens of possible MSL landing zones were reviewed during the three-day gathering.

Among the favorites landing places are Nili Fossae, Holden Crater, Terby Crater, Marwth Vallis

Promising MSL landing sites will receive extra-special attention, not only by using data accumulated by NASA’s MRO, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Global Surveyor, but also the European Space Agency’s Mars Express.

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post Jun 8 2006, 05:51 PM
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Another one:

- NASA spoilt for choice over landing site for Mars rover

<< For its 1997 Mars Pathfinder mission NASA had about 10 possible landing sites, and about 150 for the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity. The UK's Beagle had just one.
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The top 30 sites, which were selected last week at NASA's First Landing Site Workshop in Pasadena ... >>

Which are they? Is there such a list?


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post Jun 9 2006, 01:43 AM
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It isn't on the MSL Workshop website ( http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites/ ) yet.

But then, only 42 sites were proposed to the meeting in the first place: http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites/...tes_Table_1.pdf
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post Jun 24 2006, 12:32 AM
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The workshop summary is now online. I would also recommend Richard Kerr's detailed News Focus piece, "In Search of the Red Planet's Sweet Spot," from the June 16, 2006, issue of Science.
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post Jun 26 2006, 11:34 PM
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QUOTE (AlexBlackwell @ Jun 24 2006, 12:32 AM) *
The workshop summary is now online.

A few new documents were placed online since I posted the above. See the workshop website for links.
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post Aug 29 2006, 08:21 PM
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If people haven't seen it yet, the good folks at ASU have been posting THEMIS Vis and IR mosaics of the proposed landing sites for MSL. Go to http://themis.asu.edu/ and click on "MSL Landing Site Support"
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post Aug 29 2006, 08:59 PM
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QUOTE (tglotch @ Aug 29 2006, 10:21 AM) *
If people haven't seen it yet, the good folks at ASU have been posting THEMIS Vis and IR mosaics of the proposed landing sites for MSL. Go to http://themis.asu.edu/ and click on "MSL Landing Site Support"

Thanks for the heads-up, Tim. And given that I hardly ever look at the THEMIS site, I probably wouldn't have otherwise noticed the new MSL mosaics.
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post Aug 31 2006, 03:46 AM
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QUOTE (AlexBlackwell @ Jun 26 2006, 11:34 PM) *
A few new documents were placed online since I posted the above. See the workshop website for links.

I meant to write earlier to thank you for this. Endless reams of great info and insights compiled at 1 link
thank you for all the great posting throughout the forum.

tglotch: thanks too for your link and in the spirit rock type thread too

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