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Mars Exploration Rover Landing Sites

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Mars experts have been doggedly culling through some 185-candidate sites, carefully plotting out landing ellipses within the terrain. In October 2001, ideal spots to land the rovers were whittled down to four top sites and two backups. Currently, the experts are looking closely at the weather patterns on Mars for the proposed sites, because high winds can threaten the success of a landing.

More: Space.com - Rover Landing Spots - Blowing In The Wind

Link: USGS Astro - MER Landing Site Mapping, maps, information, and links

Link: USGS Astro - MER Athena Science Package