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Title: The Scientific Rationale for Robotic Exploration of Phobos and Deimos
Primary Author: Scott L. Murchie
Secondary Author(s): Andrew S. Rivkin, Joseph Veverka, Peter C. Thomas, Nancy L. Chabot
Institution: Johns Hopkins University/
Applied Physics Laboratory
Summary: Mars'' two moons, Phobos and Deimos, are D-type small bodies that may be remnants of the population that delivered volatiles to the inner solar system. A Discovery class mission can address key science questions at the moons, and prepare for future human exploration.
Panel Selection: Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust.
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