A new analysis of Mars "Special Regions": findings of the second MEPAG Special Regions Science Analysis Group (SR-SAG2).

  title={A new analysis of Mars "Special Regions": findings of the second MEPAG Special Regions Science Analysis Group (SR-SAG2).},
  author={John D. Rummel and David Beaty and Melissa A. Jones and Corien Bakermans and Nadine Gail Barlow and Penelope J. Boston and Vincent F. Chevrier and Benton C. Clark and Jean-Pierre Paul de Vera and Raina V. Gough and John Edward Hallsworth and James W. Head and Victoria J. Hipkin and Thomas L. Kieft and Alfred S. McEwen and Michael T Mellon and Jill A. Mikucki and Wayne L. Nicholson and Christopher R Omelon and Ronald C. Peterson and Eric E Roden and Barbara Sherwood Lollar and Kenneth L. Tanaka and Donna Viola and James J. Wray},
  volume={14 11},
A committee of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) has reviewed and updated the description of Special Regions on Mars as places where terrestrial organisms might replicate (per the COSPAR Planetary Protection Policy). This review and update was conducted by an international team (SR-SAG2) drawn from both the biological science and Mars exploration communities, focused on understanding when and where Special Regions could occur. The study applied recently available data about… 

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