[FPSPACE] FW: [lunar-update] First Landing Site Workshop for the 2009 MarsScience Laboratory (MSL) rover mission to Mars. 5/31/06 -6/2/06, in Pasadena, CA.
ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Jun 1 00:17:46 EDT 2006
>From: "Larry Kellogg" <larry.kellogg at sbcglobal.net>
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>Subject: [lunar-update] First Landing Site Workshop for the 2009
>MarsScience Laboratory (MSL) rover mission to Mars. 5/31/06 -6/2/06, in
>Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 14:32:50 -0700
>First Landing Site Workshop for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
>rover mission to Mars. The workshop will be held May 31st through June 2nd,
>2006, in Pasadena, CA.
>Look for life but don't bring any of your own.
>- LRK -
>Planetary Protection Considerations:
>The MSL project has been assigned to Category IVc by NASAâs Planetary
>Protection Office with constraints on the landing site and regions accessed
>from it. Specifically, MSL is limited to landing sites not known to have
>extant water or water-ice within one meter of the surface. Later access to
>âspecial regionsâ defined in NPR 8020.12C (regions where terrestrial
>organisms are likely to propagate, or interpreted to have a high potential
>for the existence of extant martian life forms) is permitted only in the
>vertical direction through use of sterilized sampling hardware. The above
>are general guidelines for site selection; compliance of specific landing
>sites and nearby regions will be determined through discussions with the
>Planetary Protection Office during the site selection process.
>It takes time to plan an outing on Mars. Only 3 years to go for launch and
>folks are considering interesting places to visit.
>- LRK -
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>May 31-Jun 02 - 1st Landing Site Workshop For the 2009 Mars Science
>Laboratory, Pasadena, California
>First Landing Site Workshop For the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory
>May 31st - June 2, 2006 Pasadena, CA
>An Overview of Workshop Objectives:
>The purpose of the Landing Site workshop is to identify and evaluate
>potential landing sites best suited to achieving stated mission science
>objectives within the constraints imposed by engineering requirements,
>planetary protection requirements, and the necessity of ensuring a safe
>landing. A NASA-appointed Landing Site Steering Committee and the Mars
>Science Laboratory Project will use the results of the workshop as the
>basis for narrowing the list of potential landing sites under
>consideration. Community consensus with respect to high priority sites will
>also be solicited. In addition, the workshop will provide a means for
>identifying potential landing sites as targets for imaging by the MGS,
>Odyssey, MRO, and perhaps other orbital assets. Note: the number of
>potential landing sites is high because MSL entry, descent, and landing
>capabilities enable a small landing error ellipse (20km diameter), high
>landing site altitude (<2km), and wide latitudes (Â±60Â°).
>Mission Science Objectives:
>The primary scientific goal of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is to
>assess the present and past habitability of the martian environments
>accessed by the mission. Habitability is defined as the potential of an
>environment to support life, as we know it. Such assessments require
>integration of a wide variety of chemical, physical, and geological
>observations. In particular, MSL will assess the biological potential of
>the regions accessed, characterize their geology and geochemistry at all
>appropriate spatial scales, investigate planetary processes that influence
>habitability, including the role of water, and characterize the broad
>spectrum of surface radiation. To enable these investigations, MSL will
>carry a diverse payload capable of making environmental measurements,
>remotely sensing the landscape around the rover, performing in situ
>analyses of rocks and soils, and acquiring, processing, and ingesting
>samples of rocks and soils into onboard laboratory instruments. A candidate
>landing site should contain evidence suggestive of a past or present
>habitable environment. To the extent that it can be determined with
>existing data, the geological, chemical, and/or biological evidence for
>habitability should be expected to be preserved for, accessible to, and
>interpretable by the MSL investigations.
>An overview of the MSL mission can viewed at
>A summary of NASAâs Mars exploration strategy is at
>[note: link above doesn't work - LRK - try
>and additional information can be viewed at
>Web tools for visualizing and analyzing relevant Mars data as well as an
>archive of previously proposed and selected landing sites are available at
>http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites / and
>which also includes a web based GIS interface for relevant Mars data. Web
>sites for MSL landing site selection activities are
>and the USGS PIGWAD site, where workshop announcements, program, and
>abstracts can be accessed along with more detailed descriptions of the MSL
>mission, science objectives and investigations, and instruments.
>Mars Science Laboratory
>Planned Launch: Fall, 2009
>Arrival: October, 2010
>Building on the success of the two rover geologists that arrived at Mars in
>January, 2004, NASA's next rover mission is being planned for travel to
>Mars before the end of the decade. Twice as long and three times as heavy
>as the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Science
>Laboratory would collect martian soil samples and rock cores and analyze
>them for organic compounds and environmental conditions that could have
>supported microbial life now or in the past. The mission is anticipated to
>have a truly international flavor, with a neutron-based hydrogen detector
>for locating water provided by the Russian Federal Space Agency, a
>meteorological package provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education and
>Science, and a spectrometer provided by the Canadian Space Agency.
>Next Generation Rover: The Mars Science Laboratory
>By Leonard David
>Senior Space Writer
>posted: 07:00 am ET
>11 February 2004
>PASADENA, Calif. -- While the Spirit and Opportunity rovers wheel
>themselves into the history books of Mars exploration, get ready for the
>next giant leap in rolling across the red planet.
>The Mars Science Laboratory is an all-terrain, all-purpose machine, akin to
>an extraterrestrial Sport Utility Vehicle.
>To be rocketed toward Mars in 2009, this long-range, long-duration robot is
>a trend setter. It will scope out Mars like never before to assess that
>puzzling planet as a potential habitat for life -- past or present -- and
>help verify if human explorers could exist there in the future.
>This article or section contains information about scheduled or expected
>It may contain information of a speculative nature and the content may
>change dramatically as the event approaches and more information becomes
>The Mars Science Laboratory (or MSL for short) is a NASA rover scheduled to
>launch in December 2009 and perform a precision landing on Mars in October
>2010. This rover will be three times as heavy and twice the width of the
>Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs) that landed in 2004. It will carry more
>advanced scientific instruments than any other mission to Mars. The
>international community will provide most of these instruments. The MSL
>rover will be launched by an Atlas V or Delta IV medium class booster. Once
>on the ground, MSL will analyze dozens of samples scooped up from the soil
>and cores from rocks. MSL will be expected to operate for at least 1
>martian year (~2 Earth years) as it explores with greater range than any
>previous Mars rover. It will investigate the past or present ability of
>Mars to support life.
>2009 Mars Rover will be Nuclear Powered
>- compiled by James C. Foster
>The NASA Mars Exploration Program (MEP) will launch a spaceflight mission
>to Mars in late 2009 that will land a nuclear powered roving Mars Science
>Laboratory on the surface of the planet.
>The long duration rover will be equipped to perform many scientific studies
>of Mars. The primary scientific objectives of the mission will be to assess
>the biological potential of at least one target area, characterize the
>local geology and geochemistry, investigate planetary processes relevant to
>habitability, including the role of water, and to characterize the broad
>spectrum of surface radiation. The mission is planned to last at least one
>martian year (687 days). The landing site has not been chosen, but will be
>selected based on an assessment of its capacity to sustain life.
>January 18, 2006
>Mars Science Laboratory: Big Wheels on A Red Planet
>Make way Spirit and Opportunity - big daddy is coming! The next wheels on
>the red planet will belong to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) a huge step
>in how that planet is further poked, probed, and more fully plumbed for new
>information. MSL is a huge chunk of machinery. At liftoff in September
>2009, it will carry the largest, most advanced set of instruments for
>on-the-spot science duties ever dispatched to the martian surface. The
>nuclear-powered rover is being designed to assess whether Mars ever was, or
>is still today, an environment able to support microbial life.
>WHAT THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE, AND BELIEVE, IT WILL ACHIEVE - LRK
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