Findings of the Mars Special Regions Science Analysis Group

David W. Beaty, Karen L. Buxbaum, Michael A. Meyer, Nadine Barlow, William Boynton, Benton Clark, Jody Deming, Peter T. Doran, Kenneth Edgett, Steven Hancock, James Head, Michael Hecht, Victoria Hipkin, Thomas Kieft, Rocco Mancinelli, Eric McDonald, Christopher McKay, Michael Mellon, Horton Newsom, Gian OriDavid Paige, Andrew C. Schuerger, Mitchell Sogin, J. Andrew Spry, Andrew Steele, Kenneth Tanaka, Mary Voytek

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

85 Scopus citations


In summary, within the upper 5 m most of Mars is either too cold or too dry to support the propagation of terrestrial life. However, there are regions that are in disequilibrium, naturally or induced, and could be classified as "special" or, if enough uncertainty exist, could not be declared as "non-special."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-732
Number of pages56
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Extremophile microorganism
  • Habitability
  • Mars
  • Planetary protection
  • Special region
  • Water activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Findings of the Mars Special Regions Science Analysis Group'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this