areology

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areology

[‚ar·ē′äl·ə·jē]
(astronomy)
The scientific study related to the properties of Mars.
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The second book, edited by Mary Chapman, comprises 17 chapters addressing various topics on the geology of Mars, based, to a large extent, on the study of terrestrial analogues.
Scheduled for launch in the fall of 2009, the Mars Science Laboratory rover will support the Mars Exploration Program's strategy of "follow the water" and will have the science goals of determining whether the planet was ever habitable, characterizing the climate and geology of Mars, and preparing for human exploration.
Perhaps the geology of Mars will ultimately provide another test of the validity of general relativity," the researchers note.
As the largest- diameter telescopic camera ever sent to another planet, it will photograph hundreds of targeted areas in unprecedented detail, revealing secrets about the geology of Mars and candidate landing sites for future missions.