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Paper: Planetary Atmospheres
Volume: 272, The Future of Solar System Exploration, 2003-2013: Community Contributions to the NRC Solar System Exploration Decadal Survey
Page: 177
Authors: Huestis, D.L.; Adams, N.G.; Atreya, S.K.; Baines, K.H.; Beebe, R.F.; Bolton, S.J.; Bougher, S.W.; Coustenis, A.; Edgington, S.G.; Friedson, A.J.; Galand, M.; Griffith, C.A.; Guberman, S.L.; Hammel, H.B.; Hofstadter, M.D.; Ingersoll, A.P.; Lunine, J.I.; Mendillo, M.; Moses, J.; Mueller-Wodarg, I.; Orton, G.S.; Rages, K.A.; Slanger, T.G.; Titov, D.V.; Vasavada, A.R.; Wong, A.-S.; Yelle, R.
Abstract: Observation, characterization, and understanding the atmospheres of our neighboring planets and moons in the solar system provide essential inputs for addressing broad science goals. These goals include identifying the conditions that are favorable for producing and supporting biological activity, managing the effects of human activity on the Earth's atmosphere, and planning and evaluating observations of extrasolar planets. Here we review the current state of knowledge, pose key science questions, recommend enhancements in the research infrastructure for investigation of planetary atmospheres, and propose new space missions with specific science objectives.
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