NASA's Mars lander to touch down in five days

NASA In Sight Landing

"Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life", he added.

Nasa wrote: "The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars" deep interior.

Attendees will have the chance to have live conversations with scientists from Nasa about the landing and the wider mission.

The USD 2.5 billion rover - a joint project of the European Space Agency and NASA - is set to launch in July 2020, and land in February 2021. The landing site "offers geologically rich terrain with landforms reaching as far back as 3.6 billion years, and could potentially answer important questions in planetary evolution and astrobiology", says NASA's Science Mission Directorate Thomas Zurbuchen, per National Geographic.

At least five different kinds of rocks, including "clays and carbonates that have high potential to preserve signatures of past life", are believed to lie in the crater, just north of the Martian equator, the USA space agency said.

Choosing a landing site this early permits the rover drivers and science tasks group to upgrade their plans for investigating Jezero Crater once the rover is securely on the ground. The U.S.is the only country to have missions that have survived a Mars landing.

The landing is scheduled to take place on November 26 at approximately 3PM ET. A huge river delta surrounds the crater and stretches for many miles in several directions.

Mars InSight
NASA Picks Landing Spot for 2020 Mars Rover

This mission will study the internal structure, the tectonic and seismic activity on Mars.

This image of the Jezero Crater delta combines information from two instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

It's been numerous years really taking shape, however, NASA's Mars 2020 wanderer mission is right now in the home stretch.

"The Mars 2020 engineering team has done a tremendous amount of work to prepare us for this decision".

"If Elysium Planitia were a salad, it would consist of romaine lettuce and kale - no dressing", Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said.

Unlike the NASA Mars Exploration Program's Curiosity rover, InSight will not be able to move around Mars.

Rain & Snow Forecasted for Area
Be sure to grab a coat out-the-door, as wind chills are now in the 20's and the breeze continues from the northwest. Sunday should brighten up a bit, with partly sunny skies, a 30% chance of snow showers, and a high near 32 degrees.

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