In a lively debate in Glendale, California, many Mars enthusiasts and 158 scientists voted for the best research site and landing for Mars 2020 Rover.
After third workshop, they finally found a single landing site for the Mars 2020 rover out of original list of 30 sites, in its fourth workshop.
Mars Mission 2020
The main of Mars 2020 mission is to understand and look deep into the history of Mars’ environment. Also, it could possibly lead to evidence of past life. If it finds any evidence of the past life, it will eventually have a sample-return mission to Earth. The voting in the workshop was done online, and each attendees rated each site out of five. The voting was done on the basis of the first 1.25 years of the primary mission. Finally, they found average of the votes for each site.
For sending the results to NASA HQ, Thomas Zurbuchen and the mars 2020 team will take the final decision. By the end of the year, they will make their final decision and continue the mission accordingly.
Mars 2020 rover, which is powered by an Atlas V-541 launch vehicle, will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The $2.5 billion rover will launch in July 2020, and will probably reach Mars by February 2021.