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Mawrth Vallis: a fascinating place on Mars

Mineralogy of light deposits in Mawrth Vallis

Mineralogy of light deposits in Mawrth Vallis
Image Credit: Poulet et al. 2020/FU Berlin

News from Feb 06, 2020

Mawrth Vallis was one out of two possible landing sites considered for ESA's ExoMars 2020 Mission and also for NASA's Mars2020 both to be launched this year. In this regard, Mawrth Vallis was investigated in detail and different mission scenarios were developed. Together with international colleagues, Christoph Gross from our working group analysed the regional context of the former aqueous environment, the layered deposits, and the fluvial features surrounding the landing sites in terms of their astrobiological potential. The science results were published this month in the journal Astrobiology.

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