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Photogeologic Map of the Perseverance Rover Field Site in Jezero Crater Constructed by the Mars 2020 Science Team

Stack, Kathryn M. and Williams, Nathan R. and Calef, Fred, III and Sun, Vivian Z. and Williford, Kenneth H. and Farley, Kenneth A. and Eide, Sigurd and Flannery, David and Hughes, Cory and Jacob, Samantha R. and Kah, Linda C. and Meyen, Forrest and Molina, Antonio and Nataf, Cathy Quantin and Rice, Melissa and Russell, Patrick and Scheller, Eva and Seeger, Christina H. and Abbey, William J. and Adler, Jacob B. and Amundsen, Hans and Anderson, Ryan B. and Angel, Stanley M. and Arana, Gorka and Atkins, James and Barrington, Megan and Berger, Tor and Borden, Rose and Boring, Beau and Brown, Adrian and Carrier, Brandi L. and Conrad, Pamela and Dypvik, Henning and Fagents, Sarah A. and Gallegos, Zachary E. and Garczynski, Brad and Golder, Keenan and Gomez, Felipe and Goreva, Yulia and Gupta, Sanjeev and Hamran, Svein-Erik and Hicks, Taryn and Hinterman, Eric D. and Horgan, Briony N. and Hurowitz, Joel and Johnson, Jeffrey R. and Lasue, Jeremie and Kronyak, Rachel E. and Liu, Yang and Madariaga, Juan Manuel and Mangold, Nicolas and McClean, John and Miklusicak, Noah and Nunes, Daniel and Rojas, Corrine and Runyon, Kirby and Schmitz, Nicole and Scudder, Noel and Shaver, Emily and SooHoo, Jason and Spaulding, Russell and Stanish, Evan and Tamppari, Leslie K. and Tice, Michael M. and Turenne, Nathalie and Willis, Peter A. and Yingst, R. Aileen (2020) Photogeologic Map of the Perseverance Rover Field Site in Jezero Crater Constructed by the Mars 2020 Science Team. Space Science Reviews, 216 (8). Art. No. 127. ISSN 0038-6308. doi:10.1007/s11214-020-00739-x.

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The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing site is located within Jezero crater, a ∼50 km diameter impact crater interpreted to be a Noachian-aged lake basin inside the western edge of the Isidis impact structure. Jezero hosts remnants of a fluvial delta, inlet and outlet valleys, and infill deposits containing diverse carbonate, mafic, and hydrated minerals. Prior to the launch of the Mars 2020 mission, members of the Science Team collaborated to produce a photogeologic map of the Perseverance landing site in Jezero crater. Mapping was performed at a 1:5000 digital map scale using a 25 cm/pixel High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) orthoimage mosaic base map and a 1 m/pixel HiRISE stereo digital terrain model. Mapped bedrock and surficial units were distinguished by differences in relative brightness, tone, topography, surface texture, and apparent roughness. Mapped bedrock units are generally consistent with those identified in previously published mapping efforts, but this study’s map includes the distribution of surficial deposits and sub-units of the Jezero delta at a higher level of detail than previous studies. This study considers four possible unit correlations to explain the relative age relationships of major units within the map area. Unit correlations include previously published interpretations as well as those that consider more complex interfingering relationships and alternative relative age relationships. The photogeologic map presented here is the foundation for scientific hypothesis development and strategic planning for Perseverance’s exploration of Jezero crater.

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Additional Information:© 2020 Springer. Received 20 April 2020; Accepted 25 September 2020; Published 03 November 2020. The authors would like to acknowledge the members of the Mars 2020 Council of Terrains, the United States Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center, the scientists and engineers of the MRO HiRISE mission, and Frank Seelos for providing the base maps used in this study. We acknowledge Jeff Schroeder’s assistance in the preparation of supplementary materials. Thanks to Shannon Cofield and Axel Noblet who worked with the lead author on preliminary mapping efforts in Jezero crater that preceded and informed the results of the Mars 2020 Science Team effort. Ken Edgett and Gilles Dromart provided helpful comments that improved this work. The authors would like to thank and acknowledge Tim Goudge and Brad Thomson for providing thoughtful, thorough, and helpful reviews of this manuscript. This effort was carried out in part by named co-authors under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. N. Schmitz acknowledges support from Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt German Aerospace Center. J. Lasue, N. Mangold, and C. Quantin-Nataf acknowledge support from Centre National d’Etudes Spatial (CNES). A. Molina acknowledges support from the “MarsFirstWater,” European Research Council, Consolidator Grant no. 818602 and the Agencia Estatal de Investigacíon (AEI) project no. MDM-2017-0737 Unidad de Excelencia “María de Maeztu.” T. Berger, H. Dypvik, S. Eide, and S.-E. Hamran acknowledge support from the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. Author Contributions: Conceptualization: K.M. Stack, K.H. Williford, K.A. Farley. Methodology: K.M. Stack, K.H. Williford, N.R. Williams, F. Calef III, V.Z. Sun. Basemap and data product production: N.R. Williams and F. Calef III. CAMP tool development and preparation: F. Calef III. Mapping and unit descriptions: K.M. Stack, V.Z. Sun, K.H. Williford, S. Eide, D. Flannery, C. Hughes, S.R. Jacob, L.C. Kah, F. Meyen, A. Molina-Jurado, C.Q. Nataf, M. Rice, P. Russell, E. Scheller, C.H. Seeger, W.J. Abbey, J.B. Adler, H. Amundsen, R.B. Anderson, S.M. Angel, G. Arana, J. Atkins, B.L. Carrier, P. Conrad, M. Barrington, T. Berger, R. Borden, B. Boring, H. Dypvik, S.A. Fagents, Z.E. Gallegos, B. Garczynski, K. Golder, F. Gomez, Y. Goreva, S. Gupta, S.-E. Hamran, T. Hicks, E.D. Hinterman, B.N. Horgan, J. Hurowitz, J.R. Johnson, J. Lasue, Y. Liu, J.M. Madariaga, N. Mangold, J. McClean, N. Miklusicak, D. Nunes, C. Rojas, K. Runyon, N. Schmitz, N. Scudder, E. Shaver, J. SooHoo, R. Spaulding, E. Stanish, L.K. Tamppari, M.M. Tice, N. Turenne, P.A. Willis, A. Yingst. Map reconciliation: K.M. Stack, N.R. Williams, F. Calef III. Writing – original draft preparation: K.M. Stack, N.R. Williams, F. Calef III, V.Z. Sun. Writing – review and editing: K.M. Stack, N.R. Williams, R.E. Kronyak, A. Brown, P. Conrad, N. Mangold, C.H. Seeger, A. Yingst, P.A. Willis. The Mars 2020 Mission. Edited by Kenneth A. Farley, Kenneth H. Williford and Kathryn M. Stack.
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Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)UNSPECIFIED
Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES)UNSPECIFIED
European Research Council (ERC)818602
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MCINN)MDM-2017-0737
University of OsloUNSPECIFIED
Norwegian Defence Research EstablishmentUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Mars; Perseverance; Rover; Jezero; Geologic mapping
Issue or Number:8
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Official Citation:Stack, K.M., Williams, N.R., Calef, F. et al. Photogeologic Map of the Perseverance Rover Field Site in Jezero Crater Constructed by the Mars 2020 Science Team. Space Sci Rev 216, 127 (2020).
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2020 23:25
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