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New Guide for Future Martian Explorers Released

By SpaceRef Editor
January 29, 2004
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New Guide for Future Martian Explorers Released

The American Astronautical Society (AAS) Publications Office has today announced the publication of a new book, “Martian Expedition Planning”. The new volume brings together papers essential for the planning of future expeditions to the polar caps, volcanoes and canyons of the Red Planet.

The book’s editor, Charles Cockell, PhD, said, “You can really think of this book as the first field guide for future Martian explorers. It’s what you’d pick off your shelf to plan a mountaineering or polar expedition on Mars”.
Mars has some incredible landscapes. The great shield volcano, Olympus Mons, is two and a half times higher than Mount Everest. The north polar ice cap, made of solid ice, is as large as Antarctica and some of the deserts larger than the Sahara. These features will challenge future expeditioners.

Martian Expedition Planning is volume no. 107 of the AAS’s Science and Technology Series and follows in the footsteps of the “Case for Mars”series. The 518 page book contains chapters as diverse as, Weather for Martian Expeditions, Science for Martian Expeditions, Climbing and Mountaineering on Mars, Innovations for Martian Polar Expeditions, Environmental Impact for Martian Expeditions and many more.

Series editor, Robert H. Jacobs said, “This new multi-author volume is a significant contribution to Mars exploration literature and will be essential for anyone planning surface expeditions on Mars. As well as presenting a basic guide to planning expeditions, the book is the really the first volume to synthesize a diversity of information on how to explore the Martian surface”.

There is a 25% discount for members of the American Astronautical Society, the British Interplanetary Society, the National Space Society, the Planetary Society, the Mars Society, the Association of Mars Explorers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and several other space-related groups.

Further details on the book can be obtained on the web site at
MARTIAN EXPEDITION PLANNING, Volume 107, Science and Technology Series, Ed. Charles S. Cockell, 2004, 518p

  • hard cover plus CD ROM (ISBN 0-87703-507-5) list price: $90.00, member price: $67.50
  • soft cover plus CD ROM (ISBN 0-87703-508-3) list price: $65.00, member price: $48.75

This volume brings together perspectives of Earth and Mars explorers to consider the surface of Mars from the explorer’s viewpoint. A starting assumption is made that there is already a base on Mars that can support expeditions. Then, the authors describe how they would plan expeditions across Mars, including environmental, psychological and scientific factors that would influence these expeditions. This book, as well as presenting new ideas on the planning of expeditions on Mars, can also be regarded as a field guide for future Martian expeditioners. It provides some of the foundation knowledge for planning expeditions to the Martian volcanoes, poles, deserts and caves. The papers in this book are based on a symposium of the British Interplanetary Society held Feb. 24, 2003, London, England, plus numerous invited papers.

The volume is divided into eight sections: Section 1: weather for Martian expeditions; Section 2: science on Martian expedition; Section 3: expedition challenges on Mars; Section 4: planning tools for expeditions; Section 5: expedition mobility; Section 6: expedition environmental impact; Section 7: expedition human factors; Section 8: expedition medicine. Numerical, author and key word index included.


(Volume 107, Science and Technology Series,

Mars Expedition Planning)


FOREWORD     vii


Predicting Weather Conditions and Climate for Mars Expeditions (AAS 03-301), P. L. Read, S. R. Lewis, S. J. Bingham and C. E. Newman    3


Scientific Goals for Martian Expeditions (AAS 03-302), Christopher P. McKay    25

Exobiological Protocol and Laboratory for the Human Exploration of Mars – Lessons from a Polar Impact Crater (AAS 03-303), Charles S. Cockell, Stephen Braham, Bill Clancey, Pascal Lee and Darlene S. S. Lim    33

Expedition One: A Mars Analog Research Station 30-Day Mission (AAS 03-304), Rocky Persaud, Shannon Rupert Robles, Jonathan D. A. Clarke, Steven Dawson, Graham A. Mann, James Waldie, Stan Piechocinski and John Roesch    53

Strategies for Investigating Martian Microenvironments for Evidence of Life: The Expedition One Experience (AAS 03-305), Nancy B. Wood and Jonathan D. A. Clarke    89

A Systematic Approach to Investigations at Mars Analog Research Stations (AAS 03-306), Rocky Persaud    103

Trophy Fishing: Early Expeditions to Spacecraft Relics on Mars (AAS 03-307), Stephen Baxter    123

From Utah to Mars: Regolith-Landform Mapping and its Application (AAS 03-308), Jonathan D. A. Clarke and Colin F. Pain    131


The Desert Crossings of Mars (AAS 03-309), Charles S. Cockell    163

The Trans-Mars Expedition – A Long-Distance, Long-Duration Scientific EVA (AAS 03-310), Charles S. Cockell    175

The Trans-Hellas Crossing – An Exercise in Martian Expedition Planning (AAS 03-311), Authored by: Trans Hellas Expedition Planning Team    199

Mountaineering and Climbing on Mars (AAS 03-312), Keith L. Cowing    209

Martian Mountaineering Expeditions (AAS 03-313), Charles S. Cockell    231

Field Innovations in Support of Martian Polar Expeditions (AAS 03-314), Charles S. Cockell    245



Implementation of a Traverse Generation Assistant for Long-Distance Pressurized Rover Expeditions (AAS 03-315), Nicholas Wilkinson    259

Potential Capabilities and Uses of an Integrated Data Logging Device During a Human Mars Exploration Mission (AAS 03-316), Stan Piechocinski, E. Cellucci, J. D. A. Clarke, J. Laing, B. Orlotti, R. Persaud, A. Solignac and N. B. Wood    273


A 5-Day Mars-Analog Pressurized Rover Mission (AAS 03-317), Rocky Persaud and Shannon Rupert Robles    289

Analog Pressurized Mars Rover Design (AAS 03-318), Anna Paulson, William Green and Chad Rowland    299

Comparative Fields Tests of Pressured Rover Prototypes (AAS 03-319), Graham A. Mann, Nancy B. Wood, Jonathan D. A. Clarke, Stanley Piechocinski, Matthew Bamsey and Jennifer H. Laing    313

Power Generation and Energy Usage in a Pressurized Mars Rover (AAS 03-320), Anton Vanderwyst, Jim Beyer, Christian Passow, Anna Paulson and Chad Rowland    327

Wings on Mars: Unmanned Aerial Exploration of Mars (AAS 03-321), John F. McGowan, III    341


Microbial Ecology of the Surface Exploration of Mars with Human- Operated Vehicles (AAS 03-322), Andrew C. Schuerger    363


Lessons from Previous Expeditions for the Human Exploration of Mars (AAS 03-323), Jack Stuster    389

Human Factors Studies for a Mars Expedition (AAS 03-324), Steven J. Dawson, John E. Roesch and Amaury Solignac    403

Automating CapCom: Pragmatic Operations and Technology Research for Human Exploration of Mars (AAS 03-325), William J. Clancey    411

Mars Mission Planning: The Next Step (AAS 03-326), Donald C Barker    431


Medical Issues for a Human Mission to Mars and Martian Surface Expeditions (AAS 03-327), Jeffrey A. Jones, Michael Barratt, Rainer Effenhauser, Charles S. Cockell and Pascal Lee    441

Martian Expedition Medicine (AAS 03-328), Charles S. Cockell    469


Publications of the American Astronautical Society    480

Advances in the Astronautical Sciences    481

Science and Technology Series    469

AAS History Series    496

INDEX    499

Numerical Index    501

Author Index    503

Key Word Index    505

SpaceRef staff editor.