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History of the clay‐rich unit at Mawrth Vallis, Mars: High‐resolution mapping of a candidate landing site

Authors
  • D, Loizeau
  • N, Mangold
  • F, Poulet
  • J‐p, Bibring
  • Janice Bishop
  • J, Michalski
  • C, Quantin
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2015
Volume
120
Issue
11
Pages
1820–1846
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

The Mawrth Vallis region is covered by some of the largest phyllosilicate-rich outcrops on Mars, making it a unique window into the past history of Mars in terms of water alteration, potential habitability, and the search for past life. A landing ellipse had been proposed for the Curiosity rover. This area has been extensively observed by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment and the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, offering the possibility to produce geologic, structural, and ...

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