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PHOBOS exploration using two small solar electric propulsion spacecraft

Show simple item record Lang, Jared J. 2013-01-17T23:44:39Z 2013-01-17T23:44:39Z 2012-05-22
dc.identifier.citation Global Space Exploration Conference, Washington, D. C., May 22- 24, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-1735
dc.description.abstract Primitive bodies are exciting targets for exploration as they provide clues to the early Solar system conditions and dynamical evolution. The two moons of Mars are particularly interesting because of their proximity to an astrobiological target. However, after four decades of Mars exploration, their origin and nature remain enigmatic. In addition, when considering the long-term objectives of the flexible path for the potential human exploration to Mars, Phobos and Deimos present exciting intermediate opportunities without the complication and expense of landing and ascending from the surface. As interest in these targets for the next frontier of human exploration grows, characterization missions designed specifically to examine surface properties, landing environments, and surface mapping prior to human exploration are becoming increasingly important. A precursor mission concept of this sort has been developed using two identical spacecraft designed from low cost, flight proven and certified off-the-shelf component and utilizing Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) to orbit both targets as secondary payloads launched aboard any NASA or GTO launch. This precursor mission has the potential to address both precursor measurements that are strategic knowledge gaps and decadal science, including soil physical properties at the global and local (human) scale and the search for in situ resources. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject Phobos en_US
dc.subject Deimos en_US
dc.subject scientific exploration en_US
dc.subject Mars moons en_US
dc.title PHOBOS exploration using two small solar electric propulsion spacecraft en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Spacecraft Propulsion and Power en_US

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