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A Mars orbiter/rover/penetrator mission for the 1984 opportunityA point design mission is described that utilizes the 1984 opportunity to extend the exploration of Mars after the successful Viking operations and provide the additional scientific information needed before conducting a sample return mission. Two identical multi-element spacecraft are employed, each consisting of (1) an orbiter, (2) a Viking-derived landing system that delivers a heavily instrumented, semi-autonomous rover, and (3) three penetrators deployed from the approach trajectory. Selection of the orbit profiles requires consideration of several important factors in order to satisfy all of the mission goals.
Hastrup, R. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States) Driver, J. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States) Nagorski, R. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Advanced Projects Group, Pasadena Calif., United States)
August 9, 2013
September 1, 1977
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