If life ever evolved on Mars, scientists who mulled possible landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover are betting that Jezero Crater holds the answer.  Located near 19 deg. N. Lat. and 77.5 E. Long. in Mars’ Syrtis Major region, the 28-mi.-wide (45-km) Jezero basin dates back about 4 billion years to a time when meteorites and asteroids were pummeling what was then a warm and water-rich planet. The Martian Noachian period, as the epoch is known, roughly corresponds to Earth’s ...

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