VNIR spectroscopy of mars analogues with the exomars-ma-miss instrument

S. De Angelis, M.C. De Sanctis, E. Ammannito, T. Di Iorio, C. Carli, A. Frigeri, M.T. Capria, C. Federico, A. Boccaccini, F. Capaccioni, M. Giardino, P. Cerroni, E. Palomba, G. Piccioni

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The ExoMars 2018 mission will investigate the Martian surface environment with the aim of searching for eventual present or past signs of life, and to obtain a characterization of Martian soil and subsoil. The investigation of the near-surface environment and of the shallow subsurface with complementary techniques, will provide insights on the chemical and mineralogical composition, material grain size, the litotypes, the stratigraphy: these information will help us to understand the geologic processes that characterized the history of the Martian crust. The Ma Miss (Mars Multispectral Imager for Subsurface Studies) instrument (Coradini et al. 2001) is a miniaturized visible and near-infrared spectrometer, integrated in the ExoMars Pasteur Rover Drill: it will acquire spectra of the borehole wall performed by the Drill, down to a depth up to two meters. Spectroscopic tests have been performed with the laboratory model (breadboard) on spectral targets and rock samples; furtherly, an activity of VNIR reflectance spectroscopy of Mars analogues has been begun with the breadboard to build a spectral library.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Italian National Conference on Planetary Science - Bormio, Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


Conference11th Italian National Conference on Planetary Science
Period1/1/14 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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De Angelis, S., De Sanctis, M. C., Ammannito, E., Di Iorio, T., Carli, C., Frigeri, A., ... Piccioni, G. (2014). VNIR spectroscopy of mars analogues with the exomars-ma-miss instrument. Paper presented at 11th Italian National Conference on Planetary Science, Bormio, Italy.