Rationale for a Mars Pathfinder mission to Chryse Planitia and the Viking 1 lander
- Craddock, Robert A.
- JAN 1, 1994.
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- Presently the landing site for Mars Pathfinder will be constrained to latitudes between 0 deg and 30 deg N to facilitate communication with earth and to allow the lander and rover solar arrays to generate the maximum possible power. The reference elevation of the site must also be below 0 km so that the descent parachute, a Viking derivative, has sufficient time to open and slow the lander to the correct terminal velocity. Although Mars has as much land surface area as the continental crust of the earth, such engineering constraints immediately limit the number of possible landing sites to only three broad areas: Amazonis, Chryse, and Isidis Planitia. Of these, both Chryse and Isidis Planitia stand out as the sites offering the most information to address several broad scientific topics.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19950009768., Accession ID: 95N16183., and Lunar and Planetary Inst., Mars Pathfinder Landing Site Workshop; p 20-21.
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