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Unlocking the Climate Record Stored within Mars' Polar Layered Deposits - Part II

November 28 – December 1, 2017
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

First Workshop Summary:

The primary goal of this study is to identify the most effective means of extracting climate signals from the polar layered deposits (PLD) of Mars. In support of this goal, the objectives of the first workshop were to:

  1. establish the “big picture” science questions in Mars climate science addressed by investigating the PLD
  2. identify and prioritize measurements to address these questions
  3. define instruments and/or missions to perform these measurements

Each of these objectives was successfully accomplished. Four major science questions emerged:

  • What are the present and past fluxes of volatiles, dust, and energy into and out of the polar regions?
  • How does orbital forcing, and exchange with other reservoirs affect those fluxes?
  • What chemical and physical processes form and modify layers in the PLD?
  • What is the timespan, completeness, and temporal resolution recorded in the PLD?

Workshop participants defined key measurements to address these questions with a range of in-situ and remote sensing techniques. Basic orbiter, lander, and rover mission architectures were envisioned to implement these measurements.

Second Workshop:

This workshop has two major objectives:

  1. develop viable concepts for orbital and surface implementations of a PLD mission
  2. identify key technology gaps that could be addressed with near-term and long-term investments

Using the major science questions defined in the first workshop, we will further develop the overall “science story” and top-level objectives of a Mars PLD mission. Participants will then form breakout groups to develop detailed mission concepts for an orbital and surface implementation. Reports from these groups will include prioritized measurements needed to address the science objectives, along with clear “baseline” and “threshold” missions. Key technology gaps will be identified and researched in sufficient detail to provide a roadmap for future development.

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Lodging for out-of-town attendees

There are a number of hotels (4 pages pdf, 143KB) that are close to the Caltech campus where we have a negotiated rate. (Please note that this negotiated rate does not guarantee you the lowest rate as there may be internet specials or AAA rates that may be better.)

Please note that with enough notice, you can reserve rooms for attendees at the Athenaeum, which has been recognized as a Platinum Club of America. Newly refurbished, it is conveniently located on the Caltech Campus. Contact Janet Seid if you would like to check the availability of this option.

Visa Requirements

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Parking (for Visitors and for JPL Personnel)

For Visitors: From the Arroyo Parkway, turn right (east) on Del Mar Avenue. Proceed approximately one and a quarter miles. The Caltech campus will be on your right. Turn right (south) onto Michigan Avenue. Turn right into the outdoor parking lot and park in an unmarked spot. Buy a parking permit from the kiosks near the middle of the lot or request one ahead of time from KISS.

For JPL Personnel: JPLers may use their JPL hang tag for parking or request a special parking hangtag from the JPL parking office. Employees who do not have on-Lab parking privileges can obtain a hang tag created for this purpose from JPL parking coordinator Robert Kennedy (818-354-4586, Building 310-108B, 9/80 schedule). Please park in the outdoor parking lot located on Michigan Avenue in an unmarked spot.

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