Decision Expected Next Week on Mars Rover Landing Sites

Dual Mars robots now being prepped at the Kennedy Space Center for launch will soon have places to go. A decision as to where NASA’s two Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) will touch down on the red planet is slated for next week. The ultimate selection of landing zones for each of the twin rovers falls to Edward Weiler, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Space Science. Briefings on four candidate spots are now scheduled for April 10 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After the briefings, Weiler is expected to give his okay on the top two landing locales.