TheMartian Geologic Exploration
The MartianGeologic Exploration
The field ofGeologic exploration has realized significant milestones since thediscovery of space exploration. Strikingly, the survey has extendedbeyond the boundaries of the earth to the investigation of spacebodies in the bid to comprehend their nature and importance. Marsseems to be holding a particular interest in the eyes of thescientists as they hold onto the notion that the planet has sometraces of water. Therefore, it is the reason why many and prominentscientists tend to give much focus to the globe. It is from the sameperspective that the geologic expedition, in conjunction with theMartian exploration came up with the Arizona State University’sdepartment of geology, which was steered by Lynn D.V Neakrase,McClosekey and Pery Frix (Lee etal.,2015). This paper is a description of the Martian Project, itslocation, purpose as well as findings.
The MartianGeologic Exploration project was executed in the Devon Island ofCanada where its core objective was to find and support the existenceof water in Mars in conjunction with its associated geographicfeatures. Therefore, the leaders of the survey came up with a fieldanalog with the aim to derive an efficient area of research (Head etal.,2015). The original orientation of the study was generation andpreparation of missions, equipping themselves with more knowledgeabout Mars and the significant enlargement of vital methodologiesthrough the interpretation of remote detecting data to organize andexecute the survey and conduct an analysis of its outcomes.
On performingan analysis of the collected photographs of the planet, the group ofscientists was in a position to determine the regional and localgeology of the landing sites. They further identified the targets ofinterest, whereby after the data collection and analysis they foundthat they had to derive a balance between observation of the giventimeline schedule or rather the planned period. Moreover, they oughtto conduct a proper review of the project to minimize chances ofconflicts and predicaments likely to be realized after landing on thesite for the mission to be successful (Lee etal.,2015).
Theresearchers further found out that there was the need for a hightenacity distant detecting of the landing region. Moreover, using thepictures and images received, the group of explorers concluded thatthere were clear and defined features on sight that could beinterpreted. After classifying the features, they determined theminimum necessary resolution. Therefore in consideration of the factthat the key objective of the project was to test for the presence ofwater and its associated geologic features, the group managed toconclude that the observed bedrocks, streams, volcanic elements, andboulders are indicators of the presence of water on Mars. However,for clear images and the avoidance of bias, it is necessary to comeup with a resolution greater than 1 meter/ pixel (Head etal.,2015).
Concerningthe above project, it is evident that geologic expeditions are quiteessential for the successful Martian Exploration. Moreover, it isbeyond reasonable doubts that the ancient terrestrial techniques ofexecuting geological researchers are not entirely applicable to theMartian Project. Therefore, it is the same reason as to whyscientists should come up with new methods of surveys andexplorations while at the same time analyzing and planning forexecutable missions that could reveal important references on theMartian Exploration and pave the way for new chances for furthersurveys on the planet.
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Lee, P.,Acedillo, S., Braham, S., Brown, A., Elphic, R., Fong, T. &Mittlefehldt, D. (2015). NOCTIS LANDING: A Proposed LandingSite/Exploration Zone for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars.