Europe begins Mars site selection

Mar 27, 2014, 5:20 AM EDT
This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover released December 9, 2013 shows a series of sedimentary deposits in the Glenelg area of Gale Crater.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/AFP/File

The European Space Agency (Esa) has published the "longlist" of eight sites it is considering as a destination for the ExoMars rover. The 300kg vehicle will be put on the surface of the Red Planet in January 2019 to search for evidence of past or present life. It should operate for at least seven months and will carry a drill to probe up to 2m underground.
Background:
Europe begins Mars site selection [BBC]
Searching for life on Mars: where should the ExoMars rover land? [The Guardian]

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