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Terrain safety assessment in support of the Mars Science Laboratory mission

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dc.contributor.author Kipp, Devin
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-18T21:40:39Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-18T21:40:39Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-03
dc.identifier.citation 2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 3-10, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-0023
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45032
dc.description.abstract In August 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission will pioneer the next generation of robotic Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) systems by delivering the largest and most capable rover to date to the surface of Mars. The process to select the MSL landing site took over five years and began with over 50 initial candidate sites from which four finalist sites were chosen. The four finalist sites were examined in detail to assess overall science merit, EDL safety, and rover traversability on the surface. Ultimately, the engineering assessments demonstrated a high level of safety and robustness at all four finalist sites and differences in the assessment across those sites were small enough that neither EDL safety nor rover traversability considerations could significantly discriminate among the final four sites. Thus the MSL landing site at Gale Crater was selected from among the four finalists primarily on the basis of science considerations. 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.title Terrain safety assessment in support of the Mars Science Laboratory mission en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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