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Prospecting for in situ resources on the Moon and Mars using wheel-based sensors

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dc.contributor.author Buehler, Martin G.
dc.contributor.author Anderson, Robert C.
dc.contributor.author Seshadri, Suresh
dc.contributor.author Schaap, Marcel G.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-19T17:39:11Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-19T17:39:11Z
dc.date.issued 2005-03-15
dc.identifier.citation IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 5-12, 2005. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 04-3609
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40693
dc.description.abstract The Apollo and Russian missions during 1970’s were reviewed to rediscover the type and distribution of minerals on the Moon. This study revealed that the Moon is a relatively barren place in mineral content when compared with the Earth. Results from the Lunar minerals brought back to Earth, indicate that the Moon lacks water, hydroxyl ions, and carbon based minerals. Our approach to prospecting utilizes a vehicle with sensors embedded in a wheel that allow measurements while the vehicle is in motion. Once a change in soil composition is detected, decision making software stops the vehicle and analytical instruments perform a more definitive analysis of the soil. The focus of this paper is to describe the instrumentation and data from the wheel-based sensors. en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 3447856 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2005. en
dc.subject wheel sensors en
dc.subject Mars en
dc.subject moon en
dc.title Prospecting for in situ resources on the Moon and Mars using wheel-based sensors en
dc.type Preprint en


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