MSL Landing Site Selection: The Votes are In!

It looks like the top three sites are Eberswalde, Holden and Gale. The “middle” ranked sites are Nili Fossae and Mawrth Vallis, and Miyamoto and South Meridiani are the lowest two.

Remember, the results of this meeting are a recommendation, not a binding contract. This will be passed on to the project science group, engineers, and managers and they will make their decisions and recommendations. There will be another worksop in april to narrow down to a single top choice, and then everything will be passed to headquarters for the final decision.

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7 Comments on “MSL Landing Site Selection: The Votes are In!”

  1. Abraham Samma Says:

    Oh goody! Atleast Holden is one of the top ranking.

  2. Briony Says:

    sweet! the’re about to talk about these in the MEPAG meeting too


  3. [...] De kandidaat-finalistenDe afgelopen dagen hebben wetenschappers gebrainstormd over de beste landingsplaatsen voor het Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) en ook nog eens gestemd. Daar kwam de volgende top 3 uit: Eberswalde, Holden en Gale. Het zijn slechts aanbevelingen, want een zogenaamde project science group gaat er nog definitief naar kijken. En dan is er in april 2009 nog een laatste MSL-Worskhop, vergelijkbaar met die van de afgelopen dagen en dan wordt dè landingsplaats van de MSL gekozen. Zucht, nog een lange weg te gaan. Overigens, gisteren in de chatsessie met Emily Lakdawalla kwamen de zeven kandidaat-landingsplaatsen uitgebreid aan de orde. Mijn voorkeur was Holden Crater. En die zit er nog steeds bij, yes! Op die afbeelding hierboven zie je overigens ook nog andere Marsvehikels staan: MER-A1 is de Spirit, MER-B de Opportunity, VL-1 en -2 zijn de Viking Landers, MPF de Mars Pathfinder en PHX tenslotte is… de Phoenix, yep. Bron: Martian Chronicles. [...]

  4. Lucy Says:

    BTW I guess this is a late comment, but thanks for posting all of these! It’s great to be able to follow the workshop in this much detail.

  5. Ryan Says:

    Thanks for reading!


  6. [...] sounds sketchy to me, and their discovery of crater lakes and rivers is not really news. Heck, the top three potential MSL sites all have some evidence that they were lakes, and Eberswalde has the most spectacular delta on the [...]


  7. [...] Martian Chronicles has a lot to sat this week, including reporting the results of a vote on the MSL landing site. [...]


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