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The science process for selecting the landing site for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory

Grant, John A. and Golombek, Matthew P. and Grotzinger, John P. and Wilson, Sharon A. and Watkins, Michael M. and Vasavada, Ashwin R. and Griffes, Jennifer L. and Parker, Timothy J. (2011) The science process for selecting the landing site for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory. Planetary and Space Science, 59 (11-12). pp. 1114-1127. ISSN 0032-0633. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20111014-150405516

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Abstract

The process of identifying the landing site for NASA’s 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) began in 2005 by defining science objectives, related to evaluating the potential habitability of a location on Mars, and engineering parameters, such as elevation, latitude, winds, and rock abundance, to determine acceptable surface and atmospheric characteristics. Nearly 60 candidate sites were considered at a series of open workshops in the years leading up to the launch. During that period, iteration between evolving engineering constraints and the relative science potential of candidate sites led to consensus on four final sites. The final site will be selected in the Spring of 2011 by NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. This paper serves as a record of landing site selection activities related primarily to science, an inventory of the number and variety of sites proposed, and a summary of the science potential of the highest ranking sites.


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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2010.06.016DOIArticle
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Grotzinger, John P.0000-0001-9324-1257
Vasavada, Ashwin R.0000-0003-2665-286X
Additional Information:© 2011 Elsevier B.V. Available online 25 June 2010. Reviews by Nicolas Mangold and an anonymous reviewer improved the manuscript. Work supported by NASA MDAP Grant NNX09AI65G.
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NASANNX09AI65G
Subject Keywords:Mars; Landing sites
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Official Citation:John A. Grant, Matthew P. Golombek, John P. Grotzinger, Sharon A. Wilson, Michael M. Watkins, Ashwin R. Vasavada, Jennifer L. Griffes, Timothy J. Parker, The science process for selecting the landing site for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory, Planetary and Space Science, Volume 59, Issues 11-12, September 2011, Pages 1114-1127, ISSN 0032-0633, 10.1016/j.pss.2010.06.016.
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