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Professor Ralph Harvey discusses pushing for a name assignment for crater on Mars

How NASA found the ideal hole on Mars to land in

The New York TimesRalph Harvey, professor of geology at the College of Arts and Sciences, discussed a crater—once a massive lake, now dried up— as a perfect spot for a Mars landing. Harvey’s work was among the first to push for the assignment of an official name when he proposed a crater as a potential landing site for the earlier Curiosity rover.