AGU 2020 Session on the New Mars Underground (and Beyond) 3.0

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to the following session at this year’s AGU Fall Meeting (7 – 11 December, 2020):

P042 – The New Mars Underground (and Beyond) 3.0

Characterizing the martian subsurface is of enormous interest to geophysics, astrobiology, climatology, and human space exploration. Recent scientific and technological advances have made this frontier a fast growing scientific discipline and finally also accessible. This session covers the frontiers of Mars subsurface science and exploration, including but not limited to studies of the potential for subsurface life, the evolution of planetary volatiles and crusts, characterization of subsurface resources to support human missions, and the technologies and mission concepts that finally enable Mars subsurface exploration. For our third “The New Mars Underground” session, we particularly encourage contributions that explore the technological and scientific synergies for subsurface science and exploration between Mars and other planetary bodies: from synergies with lunar subsurface science and in situ resource utilization through Artemis, icy worlds where similar processes might occur and comparable technologies will permit subsurface access, and the terrestrial subsurface (from deep life to mining).

Please consider submitting an abstract to this session and forward the session details to anyone interested.

Abstract submission deadline: July 29, 2020

Abstract submission link:


Rachel Lee Harris (Harvard University)

Jesse Dylan Tarnas (Brown University) 

Ana-Catalina Plesa (German Aerospace Center, DLR)