Teams shall submit a Science Plan prior to the URC2017 field competition. Science Plan documents must be submitted no later than 11:59pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT; UTC-6) on May 12, 2017.
Format and Submission Details
Science Plans are limited to a total of 4 pages (not including cover page). Pages should be in letter paper size (8.5 in. x 11 in.), with margins no smaller than 1 in. (2.5 cm), text in 12 point font (11 point Arial font preferred), and single spaced. Graphics and images are allowed within the page limit.
Electronic submissions in *.doc, *.docx or *.pdf file formats may be sent via email attachment to kevin [at] marssociety [dot] org. Email attachments should be no larger than 4 MB. Google Drive files are not accepted.
Science Plan Content
Cover Page: The cover page shall identify the team name, point of contact, science sub-team members, and an organizational chart showing how the science sub-team interacted with the full team.
Basic knowledge about Mars (for example: geology, regolith chemistry pH, chemical composition, surface radiation flux and temperatures, why the surface is red, etc.). LIMIT 1 page.
What background work the team has done to generate their knowledge for the science task (articles read, experiments performed, collaborations established and experts consulted). LIMIT 1 page.
Description of the instruments, and methods, the team has chosen for “on board” rover experimentation at the site and for off-site lab testing. Justification of the methods and the instrumentation should be included. LIMIT 1 page.
All past and present Mars surface operating missions and their instrumentation/experiments description related to astrobiology. LIMIT 1 page.
References shall be cited on the pertinent page where appropriate.