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Stand-Off Detection of Organic Compounds on Mars Using Ultraviolet Raman Spectroscopy and Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorescence
Recent discoveries of organic carbon and methane on Mars have continued to motivate the search for complex organics on the Martian surface. Instrumentation that directly identifies and characterizes organic carbon is a ...
Semi-Empirical Modeling of Radiolytic Production in the Mars Northern Polar Region
A model to simulate the radiolytic production of various compounds in the Mars northern polar region was developed. Galactic cosmic rays are used as the source of particle radiation. Particle energy distributions are ...
Estimating the Altitudes of Clouds at the Mars Science Laboratory Landing Site
Using the Navigation Camera, the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) Rover images the atmosphere to capture clouds. A Zenith Movie (ZM) consists of eight upward-pointing images taken over five minutes. The angular distance ...
Laboratory Studies of Surface-Atmosphere Water Exchange Processes on Mars
The recent discoveries of highly deliquescent perchlorate salts and strongly adsorbing porous minerals on the surface of Mars are intriguing as liquid brine solutions and adsorbed water could potentially provide a habitable ...