Insight & Curiosity on Mars –“New Image of Human Footprint in the Solar System”

Mars Insight Lander

 

NASA selected the Elysium Planitia region of the Red Planet as the landing site for its InSight lander –an 81-mile long, 17-mile-wide (130-kilometer-long, 27-kilometer-wide) landing ellipse on the western edge of a flat, smooth expanse of lava plain. The site-selection team focused on a band around the equator, where the lander’s solar array would have adequate sunlight to power its systems year-round and be safe enough for InSight to land and then deploy its solar panels and instruments without obstructions.

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“Mars Landing Sites” –Space X Starship 2020 Missions

 

Space X Starship Mars

 

Reportedly, Space X founder Elon Musk has asked NASA to provide possible landing sites for its towering, two-stage rocket system called Starship for mid-2020 missions that will land people and cargo on Mars. Collaborating with a NASA scientist, the rocket company requested photos of at least nine landing sites for Starships that offer relatively flat, warm and hazard-free sites for the upcoming fleet of Martian launch vehicles.

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