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Morning starting at five thirty five news talk eight fifty W F T L. John batchelor. This is the John Batchelor show from the surface of planet earth. We're going to the surface of the planet Mars the place called Jess rope. 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 to Rover Landers that are going one is Nassar's moss twenty twenty. They don't really have a name for it yet. But it's essentially curiosity slightly upgraded. And they've been fighting over where they're gonna land it, and they finally made a decision this week. And as you said zero crater, I'm not sure what both pronouncing that right? It's I remember the first time just came up. We looked it up, and we discovered it's not intuitive within the pronunciation, but doesn't matter zero crater. It's located in those if that transition zone, I talk. About between the highlands, southern 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've been elect there. Maybe they might have been a lake it's right next to this basin. Which is a giant a very giant impact? Crater 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 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 job of of minerals and materials to look at 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 was picked if the somewhat spectacular sight, which is makes me very excited because the image is coming from. You're going to be pretty cool. And we you know, 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. That's 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 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. It's on 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 to each other. They're basically an upside to the planet. The extra moss landing 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 will be different. And in some ways, maybe more spectacular. The European Space Agency did take it had two finals sites, and it did take a little 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 by 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 it's getting close. And so we're going to see some Orlando. I should mention that this in a week Nassar's landing insight on on on Mars. So we gotta land to coming in and just the week and landed in twenty twenty. We're filling up the the vast Martian plains, lots of I know that the the X March twenty twenty they have an estimate of the mission being one hundred eighty souls, which means about six months that's the minimum right because they could extend depending upon the conditions. And how's it power is it nuclear energy? Or is the 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 power their probe. Remember, this is a hard thing to do the only country that's ever really been successful at doing. This on Mars is the United States have the only other country. That's tried was Russia Soviet Union, and they failed one hundred percent of the time XL 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. I if they get six months, they're going to be thrilled all these vehicles if they land the odds of. Ferry and a working. The odds are very high that they will work longer than the nominal from 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 wouldn't surprise me. And that's partly paulie because they haven't done this before. So they're going gonna go with a safe safe approach. They don't have experienced vulnerable to dust storms. But give us opportunity, you know, ten plus years could do either. Opportunity wasn't hindered. In terms. How long it lasted because of this solar panels without question. These are rich days 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 really in this now, but I was joking when it said that covering the vast plains of Mars, we've touched only little tiny places still even with even with a dozen row. We're not near a dozen yet. But even when we get to a dozen Rovers will only have touched this tiny amount of the surface. And you know, I do post them behind the black continuously of really spectacular images that had taken from orbit. I've got another one on there on the soft land sides of Mawes. 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 seventeen. Century. And there's this place called the Chesapeake Bay. 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 a Rex what is the mission? This is a probe to go to the asteroid. Ben new it's approaching Ben who it's going to reach Rhonda vote within December third when it reaches its going to touch down and grab some samples and bring it back to earth. Well, it's unfolded. It's robot arm it works, and so we just a few weeks away from that. Rhonda, the we've got you know, you got other asteroids, Ohio 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. Another.

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