Finding A Place to Land on Mars

Using the most powerful cameras and spectrographic instruments ever sent to the red planet, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter played a pivotal role in collecting data to help scientists evaluate many potential landing sites for the Curiosity rover in greater detail. This slideshow contains information about the top four candidate landing sites, and Gale Crater, the final landing site for the Curiosity rover.

  • Finding Water-Rich Places to Land?NASA's Mars Curiosity rover team needed help from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to find a place to land. The hunt was on to seek out places on Mars that have a water-rich past and show changes involving water. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS