Houston, Tex. — NASA has announced plans to hold its first Mars landing site workshops Oct. 27-30 here, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Scientists are collecting proposals focusing on sites that will be of high scientific value and give man a place to land, live and work safely on Mars.
The first humans to land on Mars are expected to be mobile and will work within a 60-mile radius of their living quarters, NASA said.
NASA expects to use existing spacecraft that are on Mars to help put together maps and explore landing zones. They currently have the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and the Odyssey spacecraft to help in this process.
The workshop will be webcast live via UStream starting at 2 p.m. (CDT) Tuesday at www.nasa.gov/journeyto mars.