Technological Heritage on Mars Towards a Future of Terrestrial Artifacts on the Martian Surface

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D. H. R. Spennermann; G. Murphy (2007), JBIS, 60, 42-53

Refcode: 2007.60.42
Keywords: History of space exploration, extreme environments, space heritage, Mars, interplanetary probes

Abstract:
For the past 45 years the red planet has been the focus of human space exploration. Commencing with the crash landing of Mars 2 some 35 years ago, humanity has left a range of traces on the Martian surface. This paper provides an overview of the successful landing missions and the material culture these missions deposited on the surface of Mars. Environmental conditions on Mars are also considered, as these differ from those of the Earth, and have important implications for the future integrity and management of these sites. This essay is the first step in a systematic appraisal of the cultural heritage values these sites possess for humanity at large and how such sites should be managed for the benefit of humankind.

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