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Mars is the first place to look for any sign of present or past extraterrestrial life. Its surface shows many features indicative of the presence of surface and subsurface water, while impact cratering and volcanism have provided temporary and local surface heat sources throughout Mars' geologic history. In particular, impact-generated hydrothermal systems could have been some of the most favorable sites for the origin of life on Mars.

We present preliminary results of hydrocode simulations of impacts on Mars aimed at constraining the initial conditions for modeling the onset and evolution of a hydrothermal system on the red planet. Simulations...

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