Mars the Recording Angel - Traces of Extra-Martian Events in Polar Layered Terrain

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S. Baxter (2005), JBIS, 58, 206-210

Refcode: 2005.58.206
Keywords: Space exploration, Mars, exobiology, glaciology, extraterrestrial intelligence.

The layered terrain of the Martian poles must capture evidence of past events and processes extrinsic to the Martian environment itself. These include: solar radiation and cosmic rays; impacts by comets and asteroids; meteorites from the terrestrial planets; and perhaps even traces of visits by extra-Martian intelligences. The purpose of this paper is to outline the mechanisms behind such traces, and the scientific objectives to be achieved by their study.

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