Kminek, G. and Rummel, J.D. and Cockell, C.S. and Atlas, R. and Barlow, N. and Beaty, D. and Boynton, W. and Carr, M. and Clifford, S. and Conley, C.A. and Davila, A.F. and Debus, A. and Doran, P. and Hecht, M. and Heldmann, J. and Helbert, J. and Hipkin, V. and Horneck, Gerda and Kieft, T.L. and Klingelhoefer, Annette and Meyer, Matthias and Newsom, H. and Ori, G.G. and Parnell, J. and Prieur, D. and Raulin, F. and Schulze-Makuch, D. and Spry, J.A. and Stabekis, P.E. and Stackebrandt, E. and Vago, J. and Viso, M. and Voytek, M. and Wells, L. and Westall, F. (2010) Report of the COSPAR mars special regions colloquium. Advances in Space Research, 46 (6), pp. 811-829. ELSEVIER. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2010.04.039.
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In this paper we present the findings of a COSPAR Mars Special Regions Colloquium held in Rome in 2007. We review and discuss the definition of Mars Special Regions, the physical parameters used to define Mars Special Regions, and physical features on Mars that can be interpreted as Mars Special Regions. We conclude that any region experiencing temperatures > ‑25 °C for a few hours a year and a water activity > 0.5 can potentially allow the replication of terrestrial microorganisms. Physical features on Mars that can be interpreted as meeting these conditions constitute a Mars Special Region. Based on current knowledge of the martian environment and the conservative nature of planetary protection, the following features constitute Mars Special regions: Gullies and bright streaks associated with them, pasted-on terrain, deep subsurface, dark streaks only on a case-by-case basis, others to be determined. The parameter definition and the associated list of physical features should be re-evaluated on a regular basis.
|Title:||Report of the COSPAR mars special regions colloquium|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Advances in Space Research|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 811-829|
|Keywords:||COSPAR mars special regions colloquium|
|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 - Projekt ExoMars (old)|
|Location:||Köln-Porz , Berlin-Adlershof|
|Institutes and Institutions:||Institute of Planetary Research > Terahertz and Infrared Sensors|
Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
|Deposited By:||Ulrike Stiebeler|
|Deposited On:||02 Nov 2010 11:32|
|Last Modified:||26 Mar 2013 13:20|
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