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Mars Exploration Rover Project

LANDING SITE SELECTION SCHEDULE

  • 9/00 Define Preliminary Engineering Constraints
  • Preliminary Identification Potential Landing Sites-About Dozen (MER-A)
    • Define Remote Sensing Criteria for Acceptable Sites
  • 1/01 Open Landing Site Workshop - What Science Where?
    • Input from LSSC and PSG
  • 3/01 Prioritized List of ~Half Dozen Sites - Target MOC Images
  • 2 - 9/01 Detailed Evaluation of Sites-JPL, Project Scientists, MDAP Investigators
  • 9/01 Reprioritization of Top Sites, 9/01 by Project
    • With Input from Science Community, LSSC, and MEP
    • Continue MOC Acquisition
  • 4/02 Open Landing Site Workshop - Focus on Top 4 Sites
    • Detailed Evaluation of Surface Characteristics and Science Potential
    • Continued MOC, Start THEMIS Data Acquisition
  • 4/02 - Landing Site Selection by Project
    • With Input from Science Community, LSSC and MEP
  • 5/02 - Headquarters Review & Approval
  • 6/02 Delta LV Guidance Parameters for Landing Site
    • Continued Evaluation of Selected Sites
  • 6/03 Launch

Site Selection Plan

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