MEPAG_Goals_Document_2008_v08

MEPAG_Goals_Document_2008_v08 - DRAFT 2.0 Mars Science...

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DRAFT 2.0 Mars Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: 2008 Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) February 15, 2008 Prepared by the MEPAG Goals Committee: Jeffrey R. Johnson, Chair, United States Geological Survey ([email protected] ) Representing Goal I Jan Amend, Washington University ([email protected] ) Andrew Steele, Carnegie Institute of Washington ([email protected] ) Representing Goal II Steve Bougher, University of Michigan ([email protected]) Scot Rafkin, Southwest Research Institute--Boulder ([email protected] ) Representing Goal III Jeffrey Plescia, Applied Physics Laboratory ([email protected] ) Victoria Hamilton, University of Hawaii ([email protected] ) Representing Goal IV Abhi Tripathi, Johnson Space Center ([email protected] ) Jennifer Heldmann, Ames Research Center ([email protected],nasa,gov ) This report has been approved for public release by JPL Document Review Services (CL#05- 2215) and may be freely circulated. Recommended bibliographic citation: MEPAG (2008), Mars Scientific Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: 2008, J.R. Johnson, ed., xxx p. white paper posted February, 2008 by the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) at http://mepag.jpl.nasa.gov/reports/index.html.
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MEPAG Science Goals, Objectives, Investigations, and Priorities: 2008 DRAFT 1.6 TABLE OF CONTENTS Preamble . .......................................................................................................................... 3 I. GOAL: DETERMINE IF LIFE EVER AROSE ON MARS ......................................... 6 A. Objective: Assess the past and present habitability of Mars ........................................... 6 B. Objective: Characterize Carbon Cycling in its Geochemical Context ............................. 8 C. Objective: Assess whether life is or was present on Mars .............................................. 11 II. GOAL: UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESSES AND HISTORY OF CLIMATE ON MARS .................................................................. 13 A. Objective: Characterize Mars’ Atmosphere, Present Climate, and Climate Processes .. 13 B. Objective: Characterize Mars’ Ancient Climate and Climate Processes Through Study of the Geologic and Volatile Record of Climate Change. ...................... 15 C. Objective: Polar, Glacial and Periglacial Processes: ................................................... 16 III. GOAL: DETERMINE THE EVOLUTION OF THE SURFACE AND INTERIOR OF MARS ....................................................................... 18 A. Objective: Determine the nature and evolution of the geologic processes that have created and modified the Martian crust .............................................................. 18 B. Objective: Characterize the structure, composition, dynamics, and evolution of Mars’ interior .......................................................................................... 21 IV. GOAL: PREPARE FOR HUMAN EXPLORATION
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