1. AGU 2018 Session P046: “The New Mars Underground”: Science and Exploration of a New Deep Frontier

    Session ID: 51671

    The Martian underground within a depth of a few miles is of enormous interest for planetary sciences. But so far, studies and exploration of Mars’ subsurface have taken a back seat to exploration of its surface. This is now changing with the imminent Mars InSight (NASA) & ExoMars (ESA) missions, Mars Sample Return calling for a deeper understanding of the shallow Mars subsurface, plans for human exploration, and as better technical capabilities and scientific understanding finally enable accessing the Mars underground. We seek contributions that encompass the nature and diversity of Mars crustal subsurface environments (modeling, experiments, observations) or the tools for exploring them (sounding, drilling, cave explorer robotics, in situ analysis techniques). Broad themes are related to the distribution/cycling of subsurface water (ice/liquid), brines and other volatiles, the astrobiological (extinct or extant life) and ISRU potential of Mars’ subsurface, and the technologies and mission concepts that enable such exploration.

    Submit abstracts before August 1, 2018, 11:59 PM EDT to: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Session/51671

    Website: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Session/51671

    Location: Washington DC, US