JPL Technical Report Server

(abstract) Mars Global Surveyor: A Global Mapping Mission

Show simple item record Albee, Arden L. en_US Palluconi, Frank D. en_US 2004-10-05T06:01:53Z 2004-10-05T06:01:53Z 1995-04-03 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Hamburg, Germany en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 94-1456 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Mars Global Surveyor Mission will launch a single spacecraft to Mars in November 1996. After arrival at the planet in September 1997 aerobraking will be used to lower the spacecraft into a low, sun-synchronous, polar-mapping orbit over several months. Early in 1998 mapping observations will begin and continue for a Mars year (687 days). Following completion of this first Mars year of mapping the spacecraft will continue to act as a relay orbiter for an additional three Earth years. The five instruments carried involve magnetometry, surface and atmosphere imaging, atmospheric sounding, laser altimetry, gravity and thermal emission spectroscopy. In addition, the spacecraft carries a Mars relay receiver/transmitter which will operate over the entire five year orbital mission ending in January of 2003. The Mars Global Surveyor mission is intended to accomplish a portion of the scientific objectives of the Mars Observer mission which was lost in 1993 three days before entering Mars orbit. The instrumentation to be used for the magnetometers, cameras, laser altimeter, emission spectrometer and radio science are very nearly the same as those carried by Mars Observer. The spacecraft design will be new but will use spare equipment from Mars Observer and has a mass about two and one-half time smaller. All experiments will be controlled remotely from their investigators home installation. The long planned period of observation supports the mission's global and seasonal objectives. en_US
dc.format.extent 106470 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject.other Mars Global Surveyor Mars Observer mapping spectroscopy imaging atmospheres en_US
dc.title (abstract) Mars Global Surveyor: A Global Mapping Mission en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record



My Account