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Record 47 of 5219
Optical Dust Characterization in Manned Mars Analogue Research Stations
Author and Affiliation:
Bos, B. J.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Krebs, Carolyn [Technical Monitor](NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Abstract: Martian dust has been identified as a potentially serious hazard to any manned Mars landing mission. NASA and other organizations realize this risk and continue to support Martian dust research through the Matador project led by researchers at the University of Arizona. The Mars Society can contribute to this work by beginning a regimen of monitoring and measuring dust properties at its Mars analogue research stations. These research facilities offer the unique opportunity to study the transport and distribution of dust particles within a crewed habitat supporting active geologic exploration. Information regarding the amount, location and size of dust particles that may accumulate in a Mars habitat will be required to design a real Mars habitat and habitat equipment. Beginning such an effort does not require a large outlay of equipment and can be accomplished using crewmembers experienced with station operations. Various optical techniques, such as dark-field illumination, coupled with image processing algorithms enable the collection of dust grain relative size and frequency information. Such approaches can be applied in several different zones within the research stations to evaluate the various dust reduction and isolation procedures implemented during a particular crew rotation. As the stations simulation fidelity increases, the applicability of such data to a functional Mars lander will increase. This presentation describes the optical equipment and procedures for measuring dust properties in Mars analogue research stations that can be implemented during the next field season.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2003
Document ID:
20030054399
(Acquired Jun 11, 2003)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Document Type: Preprint
Meeting Information: Mars Society Conference Proceedings; Burlington, Ontario; Canada
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Organization Source: Arizona Univ.
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: MANNED MARS MISSIONS; DUST; GRAIN SIZE; PARTICLE SIZE DISTRIBUTION; MARS ENVIRONMENT; MARS (PLANET); ENVIRONMENT SIMULATION; MARS EXPLORATION; SPACECREWS; SPACE COLONIES; OPTICAL EQUIPMENT
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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