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The Mars Aerial Platform (MAP) missionThe Mars Aerial Platform (MAP) mission is a conceptual design for a low-cost, Discovery-class mission whose purpose would be to generate tens of thousands of very-high-resolution (20 cm/pixel) pictures of the martian surface, map the global circulation of the martian atmosphere, and examine the surface and subsurface with ground-penetrating radar, infrared spectroscopy, neutron spectroscopy, and other remote sensing techniques. The data would be acquired by instruments that are carried by balloons flying at a nominal altitude of about 7 km over the martian surface. Because new balloon and microspacecraft technology is now available, the balloon probes could be quite long-lived, lasting hundreds or even thousands of days, producing an immense science harvest in the process. Together with the Mars Environmental Survey (MESUR) surface network science mission, MAP would revolutionize our knowledge of the Red Planet.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Zubrin, R.
(Martin Marietta Corp. Denver, CO., United States)
Gamber, T.
(Martin Marietta Corp. Denver, CO., United States)
Clark, Benton
(Martin Marietta Corp. Denver, CO., United States)
Haberle, R. M.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Cantrell, J.
(Utah State Univ. Logan., United States)
Price, S.
(Martin Marietta Corp. Denver, CO., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Workshop on Atmospheric Transport on Mars
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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