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[i]NASA is closing in on the end of a long process -- which began three years ago -- to poll the Mars science community for potential landing sites, then weigh the pros and cons of each.
Now, out of some 60 possible sites considered at different stages of the process, the list has been whittled down to four. They are regions of Mars known as Mawrth Vallis, Gale crater, Holden crater and Eberswalde crater.
"These are the best places you could possibly imagine you would want to go, and for the first time, you can actually land near them and get to them," said Matthew Golombek of JPL, co-chair of the Curiosity rover landing site steering committee.[/i]
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