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Title: Next Steps in Mars Polar Science: In Situ Subsurface Exploration of the North Polar Layered Deposits
Primary Author: Michael Hecht
Secondary Author(s): Kathryn Fishbaugh, Shane Byrne, Ken Herkenhoff, Stephen Clifford, Timothy N. Titus, Oded Aharonson
Institution: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date: September 9, 2009
Summary: The polar regions of Mars represent a unique environment for determining the mechanisms of martian climate change over geological time. Using terrestrial paleoclimatology methods, subsurface access to the polar layer deposits should be a high priority for future Mars exploration.
Panel Selection: Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos.
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