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Why the China Mars rover’s landing site has geologists excited –

Scientists flag ancient mud volcanoes, impact craters, subsurface ice and sand dunes as potential stopping-off points on Zhurong’s dream itinerary.



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Chinas Mars rover Zhurong has yet to drive off its lander and start exploring.Credit: Xinhua/Alamy
Now that they know the general landing location of Chinas Zhurong Mars rover, scientists are rushing to analyse satellite images and geological maps to pinpoint intriguing features. Of particular significance is a possible mud volcano a type of landform that no Mars rover has visited before.
We want to propose the plan for the rover, says Xiao Long, a planetary geologist at the China University of…

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