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A strategy for the geologic exploration of the planets

Circular 640

Prepared on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Abstract

The geology of the planets bears directly on three basic aims of lunar and planetary exploration: determination of the origin and evolution of the solor system; determination of the origin and evolution of life; and clarification of the nature of the processes shaping man's terrestrial environment (National Academy of Sciences, 1966 ). The purpose of this report is to suggest guides to the orderly geologic exploration of the planets and the assignment of priorities to specific experiments and to indicate where supporting Earth-based research can be most profitably pursued. The kinds of data that are most relevant to geologic interpretation are specified, and the sequence in which these data should be acquired is outlined. The report does not provide detailed consideration of the engineering problems involved in acquiring the data, but the exploration suggested appears practical in view of present flight plans and probable future flight opportunities.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
A strategy for the geologic exploration of the planets
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
640
Year Published:
1970
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
iii, 37 p.
Number of Pages:
41