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Mars 2020 Could Return to Where NASA's Spirit Rover Roamed

The Columbia Hills region is one of three locations on the Red Planet — along with Jezero Crater and NE Syrtis — that have been identified as leading contenders as landing sites for NASA's next Mars rover.

February 13, 2017
6:34 AM EST
Jezero Crater, another of the sites being considered for Mars 2020 (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL)
NE Syrtis Major, another of the landing sites being considered for the Mars 2020 mission (NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)