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originally posted by: Vaedur
a reply to: XevenBecause the craters act as a form of protection for the lander.
originally posted by: Aleister
a reply to: Xeven
This goes to my pet peeve (I keep it in an aquarium with lots of sunlight), that the world is sending one or two rovers at a time and calling it hotcakes. Why not dozens of Rovers? On Mars, on the solar system's moons, lots of them. I know that money is a consideration, but shouldn't be (someone gets the same money somewhere anyway, so why not people working in science and space exploration?).
originally posted by: Xeven
Why does NASA always land in craters on Mars? This is a bit of a conspiracy to me. They say they are looking for signs of life but they keep landing in the one place any evidence of life would have been obliterated...in Asteroid impact craters. We need them to land in that deep trench. That is where water would have flowed and taken evidence of life into. If their were ancient seabed with creatures you would find it there. Follow the water.
Now we can discuss the Polar landers but one could argue there would not be life there either just like on earth. Are they even trying to find life?
Next Rover needs to land in Valles Marineris
originally posted by: eriktheawful
You really should check your information before making a claim of "Why does NASA always land in craters on Mars?", because the answer to that is: They have not.
Viking 1 landed on Chryse Planita, which is a plain and not a crater.
Viking 2 landed on Utopia Planitia, which is a plain and not a crater.
Pathfinder, the lander for the very first rover, landed on Ares Vallis, which again, is a plain, not a crater.
Opportunity landed on Meridiani Planum, which, once again, is not a crater, but is a plain.
Only Spirit and Curiosity landed in craters. Both craters are ancient and once held seas of water.
So out of just those 6 mission, only 2 were landed in craters.
Hardly "always" landing in craters.