Oxia Planum

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Oxia Planum
Oxia Planum near Coogoon Vallis by HiRise.jpg
Location Oxia Palus quadrangle
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Oxia Planum is a plain located on Mars (near Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.)[1] that has been chosen as a preferred landing location for the ExoMars rover,[2][3] with an elevation more than 3000 meters below the Martian mean.[4]

Overview

Oxia Planum contains one of the largest exposures of clay-bearing rocks and are around 3.9 billion years old.[5] The site is iron-magnesium rich clays, indicating that water once played a role here. The site sits in an area of valley systems with the exposed rocks exhibiting different compositions, indicating a variety of deposition and wetting environments.

Clay accumulation underneath the remnants of a fan or delta near the outlet of Coogoon Vallis may offer preservation for biosignatures against the planet's harsh radiation and oxidation environment.[5][6][7]

Oxia Planum - Location Map.
Oxia Planum - Geological Context - Morphology.

See also

References

  1. Bridges, John (July 1, 2015). "Clay-Rich Terrain in Oxia Planum: A Proposed ExoMars Landing Site". Arizona University. Retrieved October 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Amos, Jonathan (October 21, 2015). "ExoMars rover: Landing preference is for Oxia Planum". BBC News. Retrieved October 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Atkinson, Nancy (October 21, 2015). "Scientists Want ExoMars Rover to Land at Oxia Planum". Universe Today. Retrieved October 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. ESA mission updates. Emily Lakdawalla; 5 November 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Durnham, R. (October 21, 2015). "ExoMars 2018 rover heading for Oxia Planum". Red Planet Report. Retrieved October 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Thollot, P.; Quantin, C. (May 14, 2014). "Oxia Planum, landing site for Mars 2020" (PDF). Universite de Lion, France. Retrieved October 22, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Staff (October 1, 2014). "Possible Future Mars Landing Site in Oxia Planum - High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment". The University of Arizona. Retrieved October 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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