20 November 2008
I’ve known about this for a little while but it was finally made public: the list of MSL landing sites had now been trimmed to four. You can read the full press release here. The finalist sites are:
Gale Crater – The rover would land on an ancient alluvial fan and then work its way up a mound of sediments many kilometers high.
Eberswalde Delta – The rover would land on plains that may be an old lake-bed and work its way toward the best-preserved delta on Mars.
Holden Crater – The rover would land on a slope formed by water-carried debris, and then rove to the exposed sediments of what may have been a huge lake.
Mawrth Vallis – The rover would land on layered sediments that have some of the strongest detections of phyllosilicates on Mars.
I would love to write more, but I have to get back to work on mapping the landing site in Gale crater!