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Curiosity's Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars

Grotzinger, J. P. and Crisp, J. A. and Vasavada, A. R. and the MSL Science Team and DLR Collaborator (MSL Science Team), Reitz G. (2015) Curiosity's Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars. Elements, 11 (1), pp. 19-26. GeoScienceWorld (Mineralogical Association of Canada). doi: 10.2113/gselements.11.1.19. ISSN 1811-5209.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gselements.11.1.19


Landed missions to the surface of Mars have long sought to determine the material properties of rocks and soils encountered during the course of surface exploration. Increasingly, emphasis is placed on the study of materials formed or altered in the presence of liquid water. Placed in the context of their geological environment, these materials are then used to help evaluate ancient habitability. The Mars Science Laboratory mission—with its Curiosity rover—seeks to establish the availability of elements that may have fueled microbial metabolism, including carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, nitrogen, phosphorus, and a host of others at the trace element level. These measurements are most valuable when placed in a geological framework of ancient environments as interpreted from mapping, combined with an understanding of the petrogenesis of the igneous rocks and derived sedimentary materials. In turn, the analysis of solid materials and the reconstruction of ancient environments provide the basis to assess past habitability.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99573/
Document Type:Article
Title:Curiosity's Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Crisp, J. A.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Vasavada, A. R. and the MSL Science TeamJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
DLR Collaborator (MSL Science Team), Reitz G.Radiation Biology Department, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany.UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Elements
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 19-26
Publisher:GeoScienceWorld (Mineralogical Association of Canada)
Keywords:Mars, Gale Crater, water, geochemistry, mineralogy, habitability
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben MSL-Radiation (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:26 Nov 2015 15:22
Last Modified:10 May 2016 23:34

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