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Second MSL Landing Site Workshop, October 23-25, 2007
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post Sep 10 2007, 07:47 PM
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SECOND LANDING SITE WORKSHOP FOR THE 2009 MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY
October 23-25, 2007
Pasadena, CA

Announcement (MS Word)
Information to Presenters (MS Word)

Note also the two August 2007 updates for MSL Landing Site Selection: Userís Guide to Engineering Constraints.
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post Oct 3 2007, 05:47 PM
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Here's the program for the second landing site workshop (Word file). It should be very interesting.

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http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites/...m_10_3_07_1.doc


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post Oct 5 2007, 03:03 PM
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There's also a chart they're going to use to sort out the science possibilities and safety issues for each site.

I'm planning on attending at least some of this meeting, but am not sure if I'll be able to go to the whole thing...

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post Oct 5 2007, 05:49 PM
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I don't suppose there's any chance that all the sessions will be recorded and made available for download somewhere on the web?
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post Oct 5 2007, 06:30 PM
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I think it's safe to say there is absolutely zero chance of that.

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post Oct 5 2007, 06:58 PM
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Emily...this is a bit off topic but...here it goes...
That last post of yours at the blog is quite something!!!
I will NEVER be able to do produce taht fine quality back at spacEurope...
You will forever be a huge reference...Wow! I'm breathless... smile.gif


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post Oct 5 2007, 07:25 PM
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algorimancer : " I don't suppose there's any chance that all the sessions will be recorded and made available for download somewhere on the web?"

elakdawalla : " I think it's safe to say there is absolutely zero chance of that."



I have to (sort of) disagree. Check out this link for the first workshop:

http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites/...op/program.html

It's very likely that we will get exactly the same for the second. Not a recording, but the next best thing.

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post Oct 10 2007, 10:07 PM
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Some space.com juicy stuff... smile.gif
We're getting closer...


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post Oct 15 2007, 02:18 PM
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Jean-Pierre Bibring (OMEGA's PI) will focus his presentation on three specific locations:
Mawrth Vallis, Nili Fossae and Meridiani.
He will try to convince the others that that geomorphological context is not sufficient enough for the choice of an MSL valuable site and that the choice must come also from additional mineralogical information (he gives emphasis to the phyllosilicates...).
I'll try to get something more from inside...

EDITED: Since I've invited Bibring to talk about what will he be doing at the workshop why not invite...everyone? tongue.gif
Thomson (Gale Crater) and Hynek (East Meridiani) already showed up at this "gimme you best Mars!" kind of party, let's see if someone else follows them... wink.gif


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Horton Newsom is proposing a new site at the workshop and he has just e-mailed me a view of it...I especially like to imagine MSL roving along Adrian's Wall feature in the center...
The choice is going to be hard... rolleyes.gif


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I am not at Pasadena but my correspondant is... rolleyes.gif

Among other things he tells us the following, regarding the evaluations of yesterday's sites:

"Eberswalde and Holden came out on top (beating Nili/Jezero crater by a single yellow vs green on preservation of biosignatures).

Ritchey and Gale crater were rated lower (all yellows).

It is worth noting that Eberswalde and Holden may be faced with a challenge regarding the thermal issue discussed earlier; and from my perspective, it seems likely that Eberswalde will eventually get eliminated on the inability to place a viable ellipse inside the crater."


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post Oct 24 2007, 09:13 PM
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The MEPAG site has added an interesting list of "Critical Data Products" for use in selecting the MSL landing site, at:

mepag.nasa.jpl.gov/cdp/index.html

These look like they should link to text and images, but don't. Hopefully, the links will be added soon, as MEPAG traditionally has open access to all of their reports, studies, etc.
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post Oct 24 2007, 10:20 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Oct 5 2007, 08:03 AM) *
There's also a chart they're going to use to sort out the science possibilities and safety issues for each site.

I'm planning on attending at least some of this meeting, but am not sure if I'll be able to go to the whole thing...

--Emily


Hi Emily!

Saw you here yesterday. Sorry I forgot to say "hi".

Are you here today? I could look around the room, I suppose. ;oD

-Tim.
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post Oct 24 2007, 11:22 PM
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Hi Tim! Stayed home today -- I figured I could get the highlights of the site-by-site discussions from someone else wink.gif -- but I'll be back Thursday to witness the bitter end.

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post Oct 24 2007, 11:44 PM
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Thursday will be the most dramatic!

See you tomorrow.

-Tim.
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