Video RLS-Exomars

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  • Exomars and the History of Mars Exploration – Can Russia Help? link
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43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

On March 19–23, 2012, the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

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This conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science. The five-day conference will be organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions.

We had several communications in this edition:

  • COMPACT REMOTE RAMAN-LIBS INSTRUMENT FOR MARS OR TITAN. Abstract Poster
    [*]IDENTIFICATION OF IRON SULFATES BY RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY. OUTCOMES ON THE MISSIONS TO MARS.
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    [*]A MICRO RAMAN STUDY OF THE ERUPTED PYROCLASTS FROM EL HIERRO (SPAIN).Abstract Poster
    [*]EVAPORATION PATHWAYS AND SOLUBILITY OF FE-CA-MG-RICH SALTS IN ACID SULFATE WATERS. A MODEL FOR MARTIAN ANCIENT SURFACE WATERS.Abstract Poster
    [*]A COMBINED RAMAN AND MÖSSBAUER ANALYISIS OF ALTERED BASALTS IN TENERIFE ISLAND: ANALOGIES WITH MARS.Abstract Poster

EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011

This meeting will bring together the international community of specialists in the planetary sciences to present and discuss the latest results of research on the solar system and other solar systems.
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The five-day meeting was organized in parallel sessions of oral and poster presentations as well as workshops related to research, teaching and outreach in the planetary sciences.
We had two communications in this edition:

Design of a small Martian chamber for simulating the RLS-ExoMars operation mode. Abstract Poster
Analysis of Arctic Carbonates Profiles by Raman Spectroscopy using Exomars Raman Laser Spectrometer. Abstract Poster

Exomars Payload

This information is from Exomars’ ESA web page (02/08/2011)

Looking for signatures of life on Mars

An accurate visual, electromagnetic, and spectrochemical characterisation of the surface and subsurface of Mars is key to achieving a better understanding of the processes that influenced their origin and evolution. Knowledge of the geological history of past water environments also constitutes a necessary step in the search for traces of past or present signatures of life on Mars.

Data from the novel suite of instruments onboard the ExoMars rover will also help scientists to explore environments which may be favourable to life on the Martian surface, and to investigate the relationship between water and climate change.

Instruments in brief

PanCam - The Panoramic Camera
To perform digital terrain mapping of Mars.
Principal Investigator: Andrew John Coates, MSSL/University College London, London, United Kingdom
Co-Principal Investigator (High Resolution Camera): Ralf Jaumann, DLR/IPF, Berlin, Germany
Co-Principal Investigator (Wide Angle Cameras): Jean-Luc Josset, Institute for Space Exploration, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

MOMA – Mars Organic Molecule Analyser
It will target biomarkers to answer questions related to the potential origin, evolution and distribution of life on Mars.
Principal Investigator: Fred Goesmann, Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research, Lindau, Germany
Co-Principal Investigator: Paul Mahaffy, Goddard Space Flight Center, Washington, United States of America
Co-Principal Investigator: Francois Raulin, University of Paris 12 and 7, Paris, France.

MicrOmega
A micro-imaging system designed to identify the mineralogical and the molecular composition of Martian samples.
Principal Investigator: Jean-Pierre Bibring, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, France
Co-Principal Investigator: Frances Westall, Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, Orléans, France
Co-Principal Investigator: Nicolas Thomas, University of Bern, Switzerland.

MARS-XRD - MARS X-Ray Diffractometer
A combined X-ray diffractometer and fluorescence spectrometer to analyse the mineralogy and chemical composition of the Martian rocks and soil.
Principal Investigator: Lucia Marinangeli, IRSPS Universitá d’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy
Co-Principal Investigator: Ian Brian Hutchinson, University of Leicester /University of Brunel, United Kingdom.

Raman Spectrometer
To provide context information for the identification and characterisation of potential organic compounds that can be related with present or past signatures of life on Mars.
Principal Investigator: Fernando Rull Perez, Centro de Astrobiología, Unidad Asociada (CSIC-UVA), Spain
Co-Principal Investigator: Sylvestre Maurice, Laboratoire d’Astrophysique - Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (LAOMP), France

WISDOM - Water Ice and Subsurface Deposit Observation On Mars
To provide a detailed view of the subsurface structure of the Red Planet by imaging the upper layers of the Martian crust.
Principal Investigator: Valérie Ciarletti, LATMOS, France
Co-Principal Investigator: Svein-Erik Hamran, FFI, Norway
Co-Principal Investigator: Dirk Plettemeier, TU-Dresden, Germany.

Ma_MISS - Mars Multispectral Imager for Subsurface Studies
Located inside the drill, it will contribute to the study of the Martian mineralogy and rock formation.
Principal Investigator: Angioletta Coradini, Institute for Interplanetary Space Physics, IFSI, Italy.

CLUPI - Close - UP Imager
A camera system to acquire high-resolution colour close-up images of rocks, outcrops, drill fines and drill core samples.
Principal Investigator: Jean-Luc Josset, Space Exploration Institute, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Co-Principal Investigator: Frances Westall, Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, Orléans, France
Co-Principal Investigator: Beda Hofmann, Natural History Museum, Bern, Switzerland.

LMC - Life Marker Chip
To detect specific molecules that may be associated with past or present life on Mars.
Principal Investigator: Mark R. Sims, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Co-Principal Investigator: David C. Cullen, Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

More info of each instrument at The ExoMars Rover Instrument Suite

 

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