Landing Site Selection

Landing Site Selection

The Mars 2020 rover mission is detailing science criteria for evaluating potential landing sites through several landing site selection workshops. These will consider specific engineering constraints, possible enhanced entry, descent and landing (EDL) capabilities, planetary protection guidelines, and information needed to define a landing site for the workshop and subsequent imaging.

The landing site must enable the rover to explore a site likely to have been habitable, seek signs of past life, fill a returnable cache with the most compelling samples, take the first steps towards in situ resource utilization on Mars, and demonstrate technology needed for the future human and robotic exploration of Mars.

Landing Sites Under Consideration for the Mars 2020 Rover
These eight places on Mars are potential landing sites under consideration as the destination for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

In-depth information can be found here:
›› Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site Selection Workshops

Landing site workshops include:

  • August 4-6, 2015: Evaluate the ~30 candidate landing sites that emerged from the first workshop.
  • May 14-16, 2014: Kick off of potential landing sites to ~30.