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Curiosity's mission of exploration at Gale Crater, Mars

John P. Grotzinger, Joy A. Crisp and Ashwin R. Vasavada
Curiosity's mission of exploration at Gale Crater, Mars (in Mineralogy of Mars, John P. Grotzinger (editor))
Elements (February 2015) 11 (1): 19-26

Abstract

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.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 11
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Curiosity's mission of exploration at Gale Crater, Mars
Title: Mineralogy of Mars
Author(s): Grotzinger, John P.Crisp, Joy A.Vasavada, Ashwin R.
Author(s): Grotzinger, John P.editor
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Pasadena, CA, United States
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Pasadena, CA, United States
Affiliation: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Science TeamUnited States
Pages: 19-26
Published: 201502
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 30
Accession Number: 2015-034334
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
Secondary Affiliation: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201516
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