NASA Exploring Potential Landing Sites For 2020 Mars Rover

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is evaluating over 50 potential landing sites for its Mars rover mission that will be launched in 2020. The car-sized rover will have seven special instruments, including ones that will produce oxygen on the red planet. Earlier this year, the space agency asked astronomers where they want the rover to land on the Martian surface.

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NASA reviewing 55 potential landing sites

NASA had received 55 proposals of potential landing sites. Now the agency officials working on the rover are reviewing those proposals to find out the best fit for the mission. George Tahu, program executive for the Mars 2020 rover, told Miriam Kramer of Space.com that they haven’t eliminated any of the proposals yet. In reviewing the suggested landing sites, scientists will have to keep in mind some engineering constraints.

For instance, the landing site can’t by high in altitude or too rocky. Astronomers have to work within those parameters to find the best possible landing site for the 2020 rover. The rover’s primary objective is to search for signs of past life on Mars. The Curiosity rover recently discovered that the red planet might have been habitable billions of years ago.

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NASA’s new rover to look for signs of past life of Mars

The 2020 probe will dig into rocks and collect samples for the day when these samples could be sent back to the Earth so that researchers can study them in person. So, scientists want to make sure that the landing site is a place where evidence of life might have been “well-preserved.” NASA will use images captured by probes orbiting the Mars to collect more information about potential landing sites.

NASA astronomers want the 2020 rover to land at a site with many different types of rocks so that it can collect a wide variety of samples. Scientists working on the project expect finalize the landing site at least two years before launch. NASA’s 2020 rover will have six wheels, and it will weigh about a ton. That means the rover will be similar to Curiosity in design.

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  1. ANY LIFE ON MARS CAME FROM EARTH

    In the Earth’s past there was powerful volcanic activity which could have easily spewed dirt and rocks containing microbes into outer space which not only could have eventually reached Mars but also ended up traveling in orbit through space that we now know as meteors, comets, and asteroids. A Newsweek article of September 21, 1998, p.12 mentions the high possibility of Earth life on Mars. “We think there’s about 7 million tons of earth soil sitting on Mars”, says scientist and evolutionist Kenneth Nealson. “You have to consider the possibility that if we find life on Mars, it could have come from the Earth” [Weingarten, T., Newsweek, September 21, 1998, p.12].

    HAVING THE RIGHT CONDITIONS AND RAW MATERIALS FOR LIFE doesn’t mean that life can originate by chance. Proteins can’t come into existence unless there’s life first! Miller, in his famous experiment in 1953, showed that individual amino acids (the building blocks of life) could come into existence by chance. But, it’s not enough just to have amino acids. The various amino acids that make-up life must link together in a precise sequence, just like the letters in a sentence, to form functioning protein molecules. If they’re not in the right sequence the protein molecules won’t work. It has never been shown that various amino acids can bind together into a sequence by chance to form protein molecules. Even the simplest cell is made up of many millions of various protein molecules.

    The probability of just an average size protein molecule arising by chance is 10 to the 65th power. Mathematicians have said any event in the universe with odds of 10 to 50th power or greater is impossible! The late great British scientist Sir Frederick Hoyle calculated that the odds of even the simplest cell coming into existence by chance is 10 to the 40,000th power! How large is this? Consider that the total number of atoms in our universe is 10 to the 82nd power.

    Also, what many don’t realize is that Miller had a laboratory apparatus that shielded and protected the individual amino acids the moment they were formed, otherwise the amino acids would have quickly disintegrated and been destroyed in the mix of random energy and forces involved in Miller’s experiment.

    There is no innate chemical tendency for the various amino acids to bond with one another in a sequence. Any one amino acid can just as easily bond with any other. The only reason at all for why the various amino acids bond with one another in a precise sequence in the cells of our bodies is because they’re directed to do so by an already existing sequence of molecules found in our genetic code.

    Of course, once you have a complete and living cell then the genetic code and biological machinery exist to direct the formation of more cells, but how could life or the cell have naturally originated when no directing code and mechanisms existed in nature? Read my Internet article: HOW FORENSIC SCIENCE REFUTES ATHEISM.

    A partially evolved cell would quickly disintegrate under the effects of random forces of the environment, especially without the protection of a complete and fully functioning cell membrane. A partially evolved cell cannot wait millions of years for chance to make it complete and living! In fact, it couldn’t have even reached the partially evolved state.

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