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Title: Exploring the Shallow Subsurface of Mars with Imaging Radar: Scientific Promise and Technical Rationale
Primary Author: Bruce A. Campbell
Secondary Author(s): John A. Grant, Ted Maxwell, Jeffrey J. Plaut, Anthony Freeman
Institution: Smithsonian Institution
Summary: Global information on martian near-surface features and physical properties represents a great untapped aspect of the search for habitable zones and evidence of past climate. Imaging radar measurements can penetrate several meters of mantling material and 10’s of meters into ice.
Panel Selection: Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos.
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