Roaming the Rust Belt Astrobiology Magazine

The Rust Belt states span from Indiana to New Jersey, but on Mars the rusty region known as Meridiani is a scientific prime in a number of ways. Running along the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) near the equator (0 degrees latitude), this 150 km by 500 km martian strip adds up to a cross-hair target for what is hoped will reveal much about the complex water history on the rusty, red planet.