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Study of habitability from Mars-NEXT

Breuer, D. and Chicarro, A. and Carpenter, J. and Chassefiere, E. and Dehant, V. and Fisackerly, R. and Grady, M. and Pinet, P. and Rossi, A. and Santovincenzo, A. (2008) Study of habitability from Mars-NEXT. In: EPSC Abstracts, 3, p. 346. 3rd European Planetary Science Congress, 2008-09-21 - 2008-09-26, Münster, Westfalen (Germany).

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The question whether life exists or could have existed on other planets than Earth is not just limited to the search for life but it also requires an understanding of the habitable planetary environments. In its simplest form, habitability requires the stability of liquid water on the surface and/or subsurface of a planet. The factors that determine the stability of water and thus the habitability of a planet are multifaceted and include the internal dynamics, the presence or absence of a magnetosphere, the characteristics and evolution of a planet’s atmosphere, and the presence of energy sources. Those processes have a complex interplay and need to be studied in an interdisciplinary and comprehensive way. The future network-science Mars-NEXT mission addresses several of these objectives and will help to decipher how the key processes might have influenced the habitability on Mars and thus also on other terrestrial planets.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Study of habitability from Mars-NEXT
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Chicarro, A.European Space Agency, The Netherlands
Carpenter, J.LMD/CNRS, France
Chassefiere, E.LMD/CNRS, France
Dehant, V.Royal Observatory of Belgium
Fisackerly, R.European Space Agency, The Netherlands
Grady, M.The Open University and The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom
Pinet, P.Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, CNRS, France
Rossi, A.ISSI, Switzerland
Santovincenzo, A.Santovincenzo
Date:22 September 2008
Journal or Publication Title:EPSC Abstracts
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 346
Keywords:Mars-NEXT, habitability, water, atmospheres, convection, magnetosphere
Event Title:3rd European Planetary Science Congress
Event Location:Münster, Westfalen (Germany)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-09-21 - 2008-09-26
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Vergleichende Planetologie (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Deposited By: Stefanie Hempel
Deposited On:17 Oct 2008
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 15:15

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