Advanced planetary thermal spectroscopy

Carl F. Schueler, Steven H. Silverman, Philip Christensen, Martin I. Greenfield

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5 Scopus citations


Advanced technology miniaturization of the 14.5-kg Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) allows new scientific missions. A 2- to 3-kg mini-TES is being developed under a NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development (PIDDP) effort by Arizona State University and Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. Mini-TES will obtain spectra from 6 to 40 μm, applicable to flyby spacecraft atmospheric and surface analyses to help select planets and smaller objects for examination from orbit. From low-altitude, mini-TES could assess aerosols, ice and vapor abundance and composition, as well as vertical temperature profiles, and examine surface composition with 1-km to 100-m resolution. Mini-TES could analyze ice, rock, and soil with from 1-m to 20-cm resolution from a fixed lander down to a centimeter from a rover, as well as provide surface-based atmospheric analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Aerospace Applications Conference Proceedings
Editors Anon
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Aerospace Conference. Part 4 (of 4) - Snowmass Village, CO, USA
Duration: Feb 1 1997Feb 2 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Aerospace Conference. Part 4 (of 4)
CitySnowmass Village, CO, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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