Map of Mawrth Vallis for the Manned Missions to Mars

Wednesday, July 5
3:50 PM - 6:50 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall C

The goal of this abstract is to propose a road/resource map for the Mawrth Vallis exploration zone to guide the exploration of the manned missions to Mars. Mawrth Vallis is a 636 km ancient water outflow channel which terminates at the border of the southern highlands and northern lowlands. Just south of the terminus of Mawrth Vallis, is the exploration zone. There’s a high bio-signature preservation potential, meaning that most evidence of the past environment would have been likely to be preserved. The exploration zone contains the largest amount of phyllosilicates on Mars, yielding information about past environments, water can be extracted and other elements such as Iron, Aluminum, and Silicon can also be collected from the clay. It has the most abundant hydrated mineral resource on Mars. All the craters, water features, labels, and the routes were all drawn with the Science Regions of Interest (ROIs) layer. The landing sites were drawn with the Landing Zone layer, and the ellipses were made with the Landing Site Ellipse layer, which I renamed to Science and Resource ROIs + Outcrop B. This map of Mawrth Vallis should be used during the manned mission to Mars because this map shows many of the natural features of the exploration zone, the routes are at a low incline, which would reduce difficulty traveling through the Mawrth Vallis. Most of the distances between the landing sites and ROIs as well as between the ROIs are short, reducing time for traveling and increasing time for exploration.

Sujit Lakshmikanth

Middle School Student
Novi Middle School, Novi, MI

Sujit Lakshmikanth, an 8th grade student from Novi Middle School in Novi, Michigan, USA.
I have always been interested in maps and intrigued by them. I was recently announced a winner in the middle and high school category for the Mars Exploration Zone Map Design Competition. I have been interested in roadmaps since I was 7 years old. In roadmaps, I would sometimes draw actual road intersections that would typically be crowded, and would try to modify the intersections in my drawings to see how the new intersection might alleviate traffic.I learned Computer programming when I was in 4th grade and I have been playing Piano since I was 8 years old.


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Henrik I. Hargitai

Postdoctoral Researcher
NASA Ames Research Center

Henrik I. Hargitai (Ph.D., 2007) is a planetary geomorphologist and media historian. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center. He taught planetary geomorphology, planetary cartography, typography, and media history as a senior lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary since 2002. He has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and Philosophy (Aesthetics). His study fields include planetary cartography, fluvial geomorphology, and the history and localization of planetary nomenclature. He participated in two Mars Desert Research Station simulations. He is the chair of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography.


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