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Mars Atmosphere Resource Verification INsitu (MARVIN) - In Situ Resource Demonstration for the Mars 2020 MissionThe making of oxygen from resources in the Martian atmosphere, known as In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), has the potential to provide substantial benefits for future robotic and human exploration. In particular, the ability to produce oxygen on Mars for use in propulsion, life support, and power systems can provide significant mission benefits such as a reducing launch mass, lander size, and mission and crew risk. To advance ISRU for possible incorporation into future human missions to Mars, NASA proposed including an ISRU instrument on the Mars 2020 rover mission, through an announcement of opportunity (AO). The purpose of the the Mars Atmosphere Resource Verification INsitu or (MARVIN) instrument is to provide the first demonstration on Mars of oxygen production from acquired and stored Martian atmospheric carbon dioxide, as well as take measurements of atmospheric pressure and temperature, and of suspended dust particle sizes and amounts entrained in collected atmosphere gases at different times of the Mars day and year. The hardware performance and environmental data obtained will be critical for future ISRU systems that will reduce the mass of propellants and other consumables launched from Earth for robotic and human exploration, for better understanding of Mars dust and mitigation techniques to improve crew safety, and to help further define Mars global circulation models and better understand the regional atmospheric dynamics on Mars. The technologies selected for MARVIN are also scalable for future robotic sample return and human missions to Mars using ISRU.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Sanders, Gerald B.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Araghi, Koorosh
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Ess, Kim M.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Valencia, Lisa M.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Muscatello, Anthony C.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Calle, Carlos I.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Clark, Larry
(Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. Littleton, CO, United States)
Iacomini, Christie
(Paragon Space Development Corp. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
July 22, 2014
Publication Date
August 4, 2014
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space 2014
Location: San Diego, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: August 4, 2014
End Date: August 7, 2014
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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