Mars and the ESA Science Programme - the case for Mars polar science

Thomas, Nicolas; Becerra, P.; Smith, I. B. (2021). Mars and the ESA Science Programme - the case for Mars polar science (In Press). Experimental astronomy Springer 10.1007/s10686-021-09760-6

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Current plans within the European Space Agency (ESA) for the future investigation of Mars (after the ExoMars programme) are centred around participation in the Mars Sample Return (MSR) programme led by NASA. This programme is housed within the Human and Robotic Exploration (HRE) Directorate of ESA. This White Paper, in response to the Voyage 2050 call, focuses on the important scientific objectives for the investigation of Mars outside the present HRE planning. The achievement of these objectives by Science Directorate missions is entirely consistent with ESA’s Science Programme. We illustrate this with a theme centred around the study of the Martian polar caps and the investigation of recent (Amazonian) climate change produced by known oscillations in Mars’ orbital parameters. Deciphering the record of climate contained within the polar caps would allow us to learn about the climatic evolution of another planet over the past few to hundreds of millions of years, and also addresses the more general goal of investigating volatile-related dynamic processes in the Solar System.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > NCCR PlanetS

UniBE Contributor:

Thomas, Nicolas and Becerra Valdes, Patricio

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy
600 Technology > 620 Engineering

ISSN:

0922-6435

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dora Ursula Zimmerer

Date Deposited:

21 Jul 2021 09:26

Last Modified:

21 Jul 2021 09:26

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10686-021-09760-6

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/157641

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/157641

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