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Mars and the Science Programme. The case for Mars Polar Science

Thomas, Nicholas E. and Becerra, Patricio and Smith, Isaac (2019) Mars and the Science Programme. The case for Mars Polar Science. . (Unpublished)

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Current plans within 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 paper 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 study of the Martian polar caps and the investigation of recent (Amazonian) climate change produced by well‐established 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.

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