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Title: The high-resolution map of Oxia Planum, Mars; the landing site of the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover mission
Author(s): Fawdon, Peter
Orgel, Csilla
Adeli, Solmaz
Balme, Matt
Calef, Fred J
Davis, Joel M
Frigeri, Alessandro
Grindrod, Peter
Hauber, Ernst
Le Deit, Laetitia
Loizeau, Damien
Nass, Andrea
Quantin-Nataf, Cathy
Sefton-Nash, Elliot
Schröder, Christian
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Keywords: ExoMars
Oxia Planum
Geological Map
Rosalind Franklin Rover
Issue Date: 2024
Date Deposited: 1-Apr-2024
Citation: Fawdon P, Orgel C, Adeli S, Balme M, Calef FJ, Davis JM, Frigeri A, Grindrod P, Hauber E, Le Deit L, Loizeau D, Nass A, Quantin-Nataf C, Sefton-Nash E & Schröder C (2024) The high-resolution map of Oxia Planum, Mars; the landing site of the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover mission. <i>Journal of Maps</i>, 20 (1), Art. No.: 2302361.
Abstract: This 1:30,000 scale geological map describes Oxia Planum, Mars, the landing site for the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover mission. The map represents our current understanding of bedrock units and their relationships prior to Rosalind Franklin’s exploration of this location. The map details 15 bedrock units organised into 6 groups and 7 textural and surficial units. The bedrock units were identified using visible and near-infrared remote sensing datasets. The objectives of this map are (i) to identify where the most astrobiologically relevant rocks are likely to be found, (ii) to show where hypotheses about their geological context (within Oxia Planum and in the wider geological history of Mars) can be tested, (iii) to inform both the long-term (hundreds of metres to ∼1 km) and the short-term (tens of metres) activity planning for rover exploration, and (iv) to allow the samples analysed by the rover to be interpreted within their regional geological context.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17445647.2024.2302361
Rights: © 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of Journal of Maps This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Notes: Additional authors: Nick Thomas, Ines Torres, Jorge L Vago, Matthieu Volat, Sander De Witte, Francesca Altieri, Andrea Apuzzo, Julene Aramendia, Gorka Arana, Rickbir Singh Bahia, Steven G. Banham, Robert Barnes, Alexander M. Barrett, Wolf-Steven Benedix, Anshuman Bhardwaj, Sarah Jane Boazman, Tomaso R. R. Bontgnali, John Bridges, Benjamin Bultel, Valerie Ciarletti, Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Zach Dickeson, Elena A. Favaro, Marco Ferrari, Frederic Foucher, Walter Goetz, Albert F. C. Haldemann, Elise Harrington, Angeliki Kapatza, Detlef Koschny, Agata M. Krzesinska, Alice Le Gall, Stephen R. Lewis, Tanya Lim, Juan Manuel Madariaga, Benjamin James Man, Lucia Mandon, Nicolas Mangold, Javier Martin-Torres, Joseph D. McNeil, Antonio Molina, Andoni G. Moral, Sara Motaghian, Sergei Nikifirov, Nicolas Oudart, Andrea Pacifici, Adam Parkes Bowen, Dirk Plettemeier, Pantelis Poulakis, Alfiah Rizky Diana Putri, Ottaviano Ruesch, Lydia Sam, Christian Schroder, Christoph Statz, Rebecca Thomas, Daniela Tirsch, Zsuzsanna Toth, Stuart Turner, Martin Voelker, Stephanie C. Werner, Frances Westall, Barry J. Whiteside, Adam Williams, Rebecca M. E. Williams, Jack Wright, Maria-Paz Zorzano
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