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Mars orbital tethered sample return: The feasibility and uses of obtaining entrained particulates from the atmosphereBy employing technology developed for the Tethered Satellite Program, it appears feasible to obtain Martian dust samples from the atmosphere using an orbiting spacecraft. If collected during an annual dust storm, such a sample would contain a global selection of windborne materials. Atmospheric dust sampling is of importance to the study of Martian surface geochemistry, soil mechanics, atmospheric dynamics, and atmospheric and radiative transfer. Tethered sample return offers two key advantages over a lander sample return: relative simplicity and low spacecraft weight. In another vein, the collection of atmospheric dust by a lander sample return mission is itself of scientific merit. By employing a mast and collection plate aboard a lander mission, it is possible to obtain dust from distant locations transported as entrained material in the local aeolian environment.
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Conference Paper
Stern, S. A. (Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1988
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Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Workshop on Mars Sample Return Science
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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