NASA Mars 2020 Rover Gets a Landing Site: A Crater That Contained a Lake The rover will search the Jezero Crater and delta for the chemical building blocks of … NASA's top three choices to land its Mars 2020 rover are Northeast Syrtis, Jezero crater and Columbia Hills. NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community. The 3rd landing site workshop for the 2020 Mars Rover mission was held at the Doubletree Hotel, Monrovia, CA, on February 8-10, 2017. The Range Trigger technique shrinks the Mars 2020 rovers landing ellipse significantly, landing the rover closer to the target area of scientific interest.

The rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA's next step in exploration of the Red Planet. The primary goal of the third workshop was to further evaluate the eight candidate landing sites that emerged from the second workshop and reduce the number of candidate sites remaining under consideration to three or four. Mars 2020 will be landing in a different location. NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five-year search, during which details of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet were scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community.. This example shows Mars 2020's ellipse in relationship to Mars rover Curiosity's landing ellipse. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. The rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA's next step in exploration of the Red Planet. NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five-year search, during which details of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet were scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community..