PubTalk 1/2003 — Exploring Mars

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Recent Discoveries and Upcoming Missions

By Michael H. Carr, Planetary Geologist

 

  • Thirty years of Mars exploration have revealed a spectacularly diverse planet
  • Dry river valleys and layered sediments suggest a warm, wet past
  • Huge floods may have created transient oceans
  • Towering volcanoes, deep canyons, and global fracture systems dwarf their counterparts on Earth
  • Two US rovers and a European lander, to be launched this May and reach Mars in January 2004, are expected to shed new light on how the planet evolved

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Image Dimensions: 320 x 240

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Length: 01:11:32

Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US

Transcript

Contact wmcesic@usgs.gov for transcript.