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I'm John Batchelor. This is the John Batchelor show from the surface of the planet earth. We're going to the surface of the planet. Mars the place called Jezreel crater Bob Zimmerman, he keeps the website behind the black. Bob, Jezreel crater who's going there? And why well we've got a fleet of vehicles that are going to going to Mars in twenty twenty. That's the next rendezvous opportunity got to Rover Landers that are going one is Nassar's moss twenty twenty. They don't really have a name for it yet. But essentially curiosity slightly upgraded and they've been fighting over where they're gonna land it, and they finally made a decision this week as you said zero crater, I'm not sure what both pronouncing that right? If I remember the first time this came up, we looked it up, and we s- covered. It's not intuitive than the pronunciation. But it doesn't matter zero crater. It's located in those if that transition zone, I talk about between the highlands southern high. Highlands and the northern lowlands. So this is essentially the sole line region between what was once possibly a intimate notion in the northern lowlands? Might have been a lake there. Maybe there might have been a lake it's right next to a seat a basin, which is a giant very giant impact. Crate impact basin on Moore's once again part of that those northern lowlands. They've got an ancient lake delta system here, which is what they want to explore. You know when you're in this transition zone. What's really good is that you're going up and down layers of John geology. So you get a lot of variety of of of of minerals and material to look for learning something about the history of Mawes, and it's it's it's geological history. And so that's one of the reasons this is picked if the somewhat spectacular sight, which makes me very excited because the image is coming from. It are going to be pretty cool, and we just have to wait for it to happen. But that's really very excited. They also announced John did not NASA. But Europe the European Space Agency. The other landed the XL MAs twenty twenty land. They announced they've made a final decision on their landing site. And it's in a place called Oxy, a platinum, which isn't it? Interesting. John it's in the same transition zone between the northern lowlands in the southern highlands. Gee, what a surprise. But it's a good thing. If it's on the other side of the planet. I've got post on behind the black that indicate where these landing thoughts are relative teach other. They're basically on opposite sides of the planet. The XM ause landed John is located in the drainage area, essentially down from the giant volcano regions on Mars. So this is an area that took drainage from those giant volcanos, and so it'll be different. And in some ways, maybe more spectacular. The European Space Agency pick it had two finals sites and it did pick the less risky site, which is an unreasonable on their part, which means though, it's a little less. Exciting details. I've got a poll some buying the black that really analyzes what that sites like. And it has some flowing meandering features that like rivers. So we could see some cool stuff there as well. But these are the two sites twenty twenty s getting close, and so we're gonna see some Orlando's I should mention that this in a week Nassar's landing insight on on on Mars. So we got a land coming in and just the week and land in twenty twenty. We're filling up the the vast Martian plains with lots of I know that the say the extra March twenty twenty they haven't estimate of the mission being one hundred eighty souls, which means about six months that's the minimum right because they extend depending upon the conditions. And how's it powered is it nuclear energy or is asking a question. I don't know if the top of my head, I have to admit, I don't know the answer of how they're going to pal. Pro remember, this is a hard thing to do the only country that's ever really been six. Successful at doing. This on Mars is the United States the only other country. That's tried was Russia Soviet Union, and they failed one hundred percent of the time XM laws the Europeans have tried actually the drop things on the surface of Mars several times and haven't really succeeded. They were small experimental prototypes. Though. This is going to be the real thing if they get six months, they're going to be thrilled all these vehicles if they land the odds of Perry, a working the odds are very high that they will work longer than their nominal. From a profile of the vehicle that they have up on their site. Looks like solar Bob because they have the big panels spread out. So yeah, I would say I it wouldn't surprise me. And that's Pauli Pauli because they are haven't done this before. So they're gonna go with safe safe approach. They don't have experience means is laudable dust storms. But that could give us opportunity, you know, ten plus years. It could do either right know opportunity wasn't injured in terms. How long it lasts because of its solar panels questions are rich stays Bob for Martian exploration. All the young PHD's out there. This is heaven everything they're writing about now will be permanently in the human record for the next thousands of years. Every you know, this is the beginning. And will only beginning we we we think we're really in this now, but I was joking when it said they're covering the vast plains of Mars, we've touched only little tiny places still even with even with a dozen role. We're not near a dozen yet. But even when we get to a dozen Rovers will only touched us. Tiny amount of the surface. And you know, I do post them behind the black continuously really spectacular images that are taken from all I've got another one on there on the soft land sides of Mars, well, no Rovers, even come close to any of that location. And there's cool stuff there. It's all over the planet. And so this is really wonderful time for the golden age of the initial exploration of the solar system by the human rights is the seventeenth century. And there's this place called the Chesapeake Bay what what happens now. Now another detail. This is a big time for for probes. Oh, Cyrus Rex what is it, Bob? And the insiders called it a Rex what is the mission? This is a probe to go to the asteroid. Ben new it's approaching who it's going to reach Rhonda vote within December third when it reaches. It's going to touch down and grab some samples and bring them back to earth. Well, it's unfolded. It's robot arm it works, and so we're just a few weeks away from that. Rhonda. But we've got you know, you got other asteroid higher. Booster to this is a very busy time right now with planetary probes. John, and I'm very glad that Bob Zimmerman back to catch us up on. What we've missed these last week's Bob Zimmerman keeps the website behind the black. I'm John Batchelor. This is the John Batchelor show..

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