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Development and Applications of a Multispectral Microscopic Imager for the In Situ Exploration of Planetary Surfaces

Abstract Future robotic and human missions to the Moon and Mars will need in situ capabilities to characterize the mineralogy of rocks and soils within a microtextural context. Such spatially-correlated information is considered crucial for correct petrogenetic interpretations and will be key observations for assessing the potential for past habitability on Mars. These data will also enable the selection of the highest value samples for further analysis and potential caching for return to Earth. The Multispectral Microscopic Imager (MMI), similar to a geologist's hand lens, advances the capabilities of current microimagers by providing multispectral, microscale reflectance images of geological samples, where each image pixel is comprised of a 21... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Núñez, Jorge Ivan (Author) / Farmer, Jack D. (Advisor) / Christensen, Philip R. (Committee member) / Garcia-Pichel, Ferran (Committee member) / Robinson, Mark S. (Committee member) / Sellar, R. Glenn (Committee member) / Williams, Lynda B. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geology / Mars Exploration / Microscopic Imager / Moon Exploration / Multispectral Imaging / Remote Sensing
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 288 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Geological Sciences 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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