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Accession Number N20130009134
Title Habitability Assessment at Gale Crater: Implications from Initial Results.
Publication Date 2013
Media Count 2p
Personal Author A. McAdam A. Steele C. Freissent C. McKay D. Archer D. Blake D. Sumner D. P. Glavin F. Gomez H. Franz J. Eigenbrode J. Jones J. Stern K. Edgett L. Kah L. Leshin M. DeLaTorre M. Fisk P. Coll P. G. Conrad P. M. Mchaffy R. Haberle R. Navarro-Gonzalez S. Atreya V. Hamilton
Abstract Mars Science Laboratory has made measurements that contribute to our assessment of habitability potential at Gale Crater. Campaign organization into a consistent set of measurable parameters allows us to rank the relative habitability potential of sites we study, ultimately laying a foundation for a global context inclusive of past and future Mars mission observations. Chemical, physical, geological and geographic attributes shape environments. Isolated measurements of these factors may be insufficient to deem an environment habitable, but the sum of measurements can help predict locations with greater or lesser habitability potential.
Keywords Habitability
Mars craters
Mars missions

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 54 - Astronomy & Astrophysics
84B - Extraterrestial Exploration
Corporate Author Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number N/A

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