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MARTE: Technology development and lessons learned from a Mars drilling mission simulation

Authors
  • Howard N, Cannon
  • Carol R, Stoker
  • Stephen E, Dunagan
  • Kiel, Davis
  • Javier, Gómez‐elvira
  • Brian J, Glass
  • Lawrence G, Lemke
  • David, Miller
  • Rosalba Bonaccorsi
  • Mark, Branson
  • Scott, Christa
  • José Antonio, Rodr
  • Guez, ‐manfredi
  • Erik, Mumm
  • Gale, Paulsen
  • Matt, Roman
  • Alois, Winterholler
  • Jhony R, Zavaleta
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Field Robotics
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Sep 30, 2007
Volume
24
Issue
10
Pages
877–905
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

The NASA Mars Astrobiology Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE) performed a field test simulating a robotic drilling mission on Mars in September 2005. The experiment took place in Minas de Riotinto in southwestern Spain, a highly relevant Mars analog site. The experiment utilized a 10 m class dry auger coring drill, a robotic core sample handling system, onboard science and life detection instruments, and a borehole inspection probe, all of which were mounted to a simulated lander platform. Much of the ...

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