Land rover Curiosity has been orbiting Mars since July 4, 2012, when it landed on the Red Planet to study chemical compounds that may be buried beneath its surface.
Now, NASA has announced the landing site and the rover’s final destination.
The agency will use a combination of data from the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft and a high-resolution color camera to identify what the landing sites should look like.
The landing site is an “archipelago” of landforms that spans several miles (10 kilometers).
The site has been dubbed the “Sandy Ridge” because of its steep slopes and rugged terrain.
The landing site itself is a crater that looks like it has been dug out of the Red Sea.
The rover will stay at the landing area for about two weeks to assess the landing and assess how it compares to the existing landscape.
The rover will be sent out to the rover landing site again next week, but will be on Mars for less than a month.NASA said that it plans to send out a robot to pick up Curiosity as it heads for the landing zone, called the “Climbing Unit,” on Jan. 8.
The climbing unit will carry three large parachutes that will allow the rover to descend to about a mile (2.5 kilometers) before being lowered to the landing location.
The parachutes will not be deployed on the landing itself.NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity (L) and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft (R) arrive at a “skyhook” on the surface of the moon’s Mare Imbrium on Feb. 12, 2021.
The two space agencies are developing a plan to land a robotic rover on the moon.
The “Skyhook” parachute system, or parachutes, will be used to lower the Curiosity rover to a landing zone on the floor of Mars.
The Skyhook will be deployed about 40 minutes after Curiosity lands at the site called “Satellite Landing Zone 3” (SL3) on Feb 18.
It will carry six parachutes with parachutes on the descent and two parachutes deployed on touchdown.
The descent stage will take the spacecraft about 20 minutes to descend the steep slopes of the mountain range, which will take place about 500 feet (152 meters) above sea level.
The descent stage and landing vehicle will be about 500 miles (805 kilometers) apart.
The spacecraft will fly on for about six hours and 17 minutes before it lands on the lunar surface.
NASA says it will use an optical imaging camera to photograph the landing.NASA says that a landing on Mars could help scientists understand the geological history of the planet and how life first emerged on Earth about 4.5 billion years ago.NASA is also developing a robot that can climb up to 500 feet and land on the Martian surface.
The mission is called “Mars 2020.”
The rover is designed to search for evidence of life on the planet, including signs of ancient water or other organic compounds.
NASA has previously said it would use Curiosity to look for signs of life and water on the red planet.NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency are planning to send their Mars rover Opportunity, which landed on Mars in 2004, on the first round of robotic rovers to explore the planet.
The U.S. government’s Mars 2020 rover, nicknamed “Grunt,” lands on Mars during a lander test in 2020.
The first round will include the rover that landed on Earth and the Mars 2020 mission, which has a crew of seven scientists and engineers, according to NASA.NASA also announced plans to put the first American and European landers on Mars.
The plan calls for the first landing to be conducted on March 12, 2024, with the first mission landing in 2020 on Mars’ southern hemisphere.
The second round of missions will be conducted in 2024 and 2025.