First Landing Site Workshop for the 2020 Rover Mission to Mars

Dear Colleagues:

This is a reminder that the First Landing Site Workshop for the 2020 rover mission to Mars will be held May 14-16, 2014. The workshop will be held at the Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, in Arlington, VA (703-413-5500) and will follow the MEPAG meeting scheduled for the same venue.

Persons wishing to participate should submit the proposed title for their talk that includes the candidate site and a list of authors by April 4th, 2014 (next week!) to both Matt Golombek (mgolombek@jpl.nasa.gov) and John Grant (grantj@si.edu).

All members of the scientific community are encouraged to participate in this important activity. Most of the workshop will be devoted to submitted papers describing: (1) the overall types of sites for Mars 2020 based on associated scientific and programmatic rationale and suitability for safe landing and roving; and (2) individual landing sites on Mars and their scientific merit and safety. Talks advocating an individual site must summarize the science merits and demonstrate that the proposed location satisfies the mission science and engineering requirements. A clear statement of the rationale for continued consideration as a possible landing site should also be included. The complete call for the workshop and more information on the science objectives and preliminary engineering requirements can be viewed at: http://marsnext.jpl.nasa.gov/.

To make a reservation at the Crystal City Marriott, either call (800) 228.9290 and refer to block MEPAG Face to Face or mffmffa, or reserve online.

Regards,

John Grant                             Matt Golombek
Co-Chairs, Mars Landing Site Steering Committee

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