View Full Version : Scientists Could Choose More Dangerous Targets on Mars

2005-Sep-07, 12:38 AM
SUMMARY: If the next Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, is as successful as Spirit, then engineers might loosen up a bit and send rovers to more dangerous locations on Mars. Selecting landing sites on Mars is a difficult job; you need to balance the scientific payoff with the chance of losing the rover when it first arrives at Mars. If the terrain is too rocky, the rover could be destroyed before the mission even begins. One possible target for a future mission is near a volcano called Apollinaris Patera, which could have kept water liquid - a potential home for life.

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