Precision subsampling system for Mars and beyond

W. B. Brinckerhoff, I. L. Ten Kate, T. Hernstig, B. Mellerowicz, J. Wilson, K. Zacny, E. Mumm, E. J. Romani, P. Conrad, H. B. Franz, P. R. Mahaffy, C. M. Corrigan, Tullis C. Onstott

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Abstract

We present details of a precision subsampling system (PSS) under development for surface exploration of Mars and possibly other planets. The PSS combines a fine-scale solid powder extraction tool with sample collection, manipulation, and instrument analysis subsystems in a highly compact package. The system offers future landed missions the ability to selectively analyze heterogeneous surface sample composition on millimeter scales. Analysis of subsamples by mass spectrometry and other tools would then permit characterization of highly-localized chemical and mineralogical phases that could be key indicators of past or present habitability on Mars. Systematic measurements along a finely laminated sedimentary sequence would also lead to a greater understanding of surface formation processes. Following subsystem design and test, our breadboard PSS will undergo full end-to-end characterization at Mars ambient pressures using analog rock samples and integrated prototype spaceflight analytical instruments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEarth and Space 2010
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference
Pages1364-1381
Number of pages18
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 29 2010
Event12th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2010 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 14 2010Mar 17 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 12th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2010

Other

Other12th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2010
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period3/14/103/17/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Engineering

Keywords

  • Planets
  • Sampling
  • Space exploration

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    Brinckerhoff, W. B., Ten Kate, I. L., Hernstig, T., Mellerowicz, B., Wilson, J., Zacny, K., Mumm, E., Romani, E. J., Conrad, P., Franz, H. B., Mahaffy, P. R., Corrigan, C. M., & Onstott, T. C. (2010). Precision subsampling system for Mars and beyond. In Earth and Space 2010: Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (pp. 1364-1381). (Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2010). https://doi.org/10.1061/41096(366)123