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The Ancient Rocky Surfaces of Mars: Analysis of Spacecraft Data and the Development of Laboratory Instrumentation

Abstract Early spacecraft missions to Mars, including the Marnier and Viking orbiters and landers revealed a morphologically and compositionally diverse landscape that reshaped widely held views of Mars. More recent spacecraft including Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Mars Exploration Rovers have further refined, enhanced, and diversified our understanding of Mars. In this dissertation, I take a multiple-path approach to planetary and Mars science including data analysis and instrument development. First, I present several tools necessary to effectively use new, complex datasets by highlighting unique and innovative data processing techniques that allow for the regional to global scale compariso... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Edwards, Christopher Scott (Author) / Christensen, Philip R (Advisor) / Bell, James (Committee member) / Sharp, Thomas (Committee member) / Clarke, Amanda B (Committee member) / Shock, Everett (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geology / Remote sensing / Impact Processes / Instrument Development / Mars / Physical Properties and Composition / Spectroscopy / Volcanism
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 332 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Geological Sciences 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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