Crater, Jezero able to solve the mystery of life on Mars

Mars 2020

Rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity previously found evidence that many years ago Mars could Harbor life. NASA is interested in studying this hypothesis — namely that in two years will the new Mars Rover, called Mars 2020. He will concentrate on the past of the planet and won’t waste time searching for real life. The Agency has already chosen a place where the unit will be able to extract the most interesting data is the crater of Jezero located to the North of the equator.

The crater depth equal to 500 meters and a diameter of 45 kilometers. It is believed that once there was a river Delta. According to one of participants of the project Mars 2020 Ken Farley, streams could leave traces that can reveal details about the development of the planet and its possible inhabitants. For 3.6 billion years, these rocks could accumulate a lot of interesting remains.

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Crater, Jezero interested in NASA in 2012 — he was considered as a candidate for the landing site of the Mars Curiosity Rover. Astronomers did not dare to land on its surface due to the abundance of various species. For example, the Rover could get bogged down in loose sand, slide down a slope or stuck among the stones.

In 2018, the degree of risk significantly reduced thanks to new technologies. According to one of employees of NASA Thomas Zurbuchen, before landing, Mars 2020 will photograph the surface, to compare the received frames with a map and, if necessary, to change its location. However, the risk is still there — the thin atmosphere of the planet was the cause of many failures. For example, in 2016, on the surface of Mars crashed spacecraft of the European space Agency Schiaparelli.

We are working on providing soft landing on Mars is ongoing. On November 26, NASA will have on the business InSight lander mission will be broadcast in real time.

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