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The Phoenix Mars Lander Robotic Arm

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dc.contributor.author Bonitz, Robert
dc.contributor.author Shiraishi, Lori
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Matthew
dc.contributor.author Carsten, Joseph
dc.contributor.author Volpe, Richard
dc.contributor.author Trebi-Ollennu, Ashitey
dc.contributor.author Arvidson, Raymond E.
dc.contributor.author Chu, P. C.
dc.contributor.author Wilson, J. J.
dc.contributor.author Davis, K. R.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-14T18:04:09Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-14T18:04:09Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-07
dc.identifier.citation 2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 7-14, 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 08-4379
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45432
dc.description.abstract The Phoenix Mars Lander Robotic Arm (RA) has operated for over 150 sols since the Lander touched down on the north polar region of Mars on May 25, 2008. During its mission it has dug numerous trenches in the Martian regolith, acquired samples of Martian dry and icy soil, and delivered them to the Thermal Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA) and the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA). The RA inserted the Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe (TECP) into the Martian regolith and positioned it at various heights above the surface for relative humidity measurements. The RA was used to point the Robotic Arm Camera to take images of the surface, trenches, samples within the scoop, and other objects of scientific interest within its workspace. Data from the RA sensors during trenching, scraping, and trench cave-in experiments have been used to infer mechanical properties of the Martian soil. This paper describes the design and operations of the RA as a critical component of the Phoenix Mars Lander necessary to achieve the scientific goals of the mission. 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, 2009 en_US
dc.title The Phoenix Mars Lander Robotic Arm en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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