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Curiosity's Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology.
Indiana University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6479-2236
2015 (English)In: Elements, ISSN 1811-5209, E-ISSN 1811-5217, Vol. 11, no 1, 19-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 19-26 p.
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Atmospheric science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6815DOI: 10.2113/gselements.11.1.19Local ID: 51c1614d-f007-40d4-99f2-74efcb9b2062OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-6815DiVA: diva2:979701
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Godkänd; 2015; Bibliografisk uppgift: Javier Martin-Torres ingår i MSL Sci Team.; 20150303 (javmar)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved

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