MARS VNIR SPECTRA

"Mars Mineralogy & Implications for Habitability: Using Visible Near-Infrared (VNIR) Spectroscopy to Quantify Surface Composition, Investigate Water-Related Minerals, and Search for Organic Matter"

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD 

 Organization address address: RUE GEORGES CLEMENCEAU 15
city: ORSAY
postcode: 91405

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Nicolas
Cognome: Lecompte
Email: send email
Telefono: +33 1 69 155589
Fax: +33 1 69 85 5599

 Nazionalità Coordinatore France [FR]
 Totale costo 166˙645 €
 EC contributo 166˙645 €
 Programma FP7-PEOPLE
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IIF
 Funding Scheme MC-IIF
 Anno di inizio 2010
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2010-07-01   -   2011-07-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD

 Organization address address: RUE GEORGES CLEMENCEAU 15
city: ORSAY
postcode: 91405

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Nicolas
Cognome: Lecompte
Email: send email
Telefono: +33 1 69 155589
Fax: +33 1 69 85 5599

FR (ORSAY) coordinator 166˙645.60

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vnir    mineral    applicant    planetary    exploration    ias    spectroscopy    missions    techniques    space    expertise    nasa    remote    geological    determination    mineralogy    mars    composition   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The applicant proposes to undertake 24 months of research at the Institut Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS), Universite Paris-Sud. The proposed research focuses on improving techniques and instrumentation for use of visible near-infrared (VNIR) spectroscopy in remote determination of the mineralogic composition of planetary surfaces. Mineralogy is a critical tracer for understanding geological processes which occur on planetary bodies and for understanding planetary evolution. The applicant, from the U.S., brings expertise in the mineralogy of weathering and hydrothermal environments on Earth, using techniques which include VNIR spectroscopy, and has also been a collaborating scientist on two NASA Mars missions, the landed MER rovers and the orbiting CRISM spectrometer. This background in remote, laboratory and in-situ investigation of mineralogy and its implications for environmental conditions complements the expertise of IAS researchers in the physics of modeling VNIR light interactions with particles and the development of spacecraft instruments for remote compositional analysis. The scientific objectives of the proposed research are two-fold: (1) to test the efficacy of two prevailing models of radiative transfer for predicting mineral abundance in multi-component mixtures of known composition so as to move VNIR spectroscopy from qualitative identification of single minerals toward quantitative determination of mineral assemblages; and (2) to assist in testing, calibration, and optimization of MicrOmega , a VNIR instrument for the upcoming European Space Agency rover ExoMars by leading preparation of a geological sample suite for use in testing. ESA and NASA recently announced a joint mission architecture for Mars exploration (2016). The development of complementary collaborative linkages between European and American scientists such as that proposed here is essential for the future success of such interdiscplinary, multinational space exploration missions.'

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