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Performance characteristics of the PAW instrumentation on Beagle 2 (the astrobiology lander on ESA's Mars Express Mission)

[+] Author Affiliations
Mark R. Sims, D. Pullan, George W. Fraser, S. Whitehead, J. Sykes, J. Holt, Gillian I. Butcher, Nick Nelms, J. Dowson, D. Ross, C. Bicknell, M. Crocker, B. Favill, Alan A. Wells

Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)

L. Richter, H. Kochan, L. Ratke

German Aerospace Research Establishment (Germany)

Hans Hamacher

German Aerospace Establishment (Germany)

Andrew D. Griffiths

Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)

A. J. Coates

Univ. College London (United Kingdom)

N. Phillips

Astrium Ltd. (United Kingdom)

A. Senior

Sytems Engg & Assessment Ltd (United Kingdom)

John C. Zarnecki

Planetary Space Sciences Research Institute/Open Univ. (United Kingdom)

M. C. Towner, M. Leese, M. Patel

Planetary Sciences Research Institute/Open Univ. (United Kingdom)

C. Wilson

Oxford Univ. (United Kingdom)

Nicolas Thomas

Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie (Germany)

S. Hviid

Max-Planck-Institut fur Aeronomie (Germany)

Jean-Luc Josset

CSEM (Switzerland)

G. Klingelhoefer, B. Bernhardt

Darmstadt Univ. of Technology (Germany)

P. van Duijn, G. Sims

Satellite Services B.V. (Netherlands)

K. L. Yung

Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (China)

Proc. SPIE 4859, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology V, 32 (February 21, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.457319
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  • Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology V
  • Richard B. Hoover; Alexei Y. Rozanov; Roland R. Paepe
  • Waikoloa, Hawai'i, United States | August 22, 2002

abstract

The performance of the PAW instrumentation on the 60kg Beagle 2 lander for ESA"s 2003 Mars Express mission will be described. Beagle 2 will search for organic material on and below the surface of Mars in addition to a study of the inorganic chemistry and mineralogy of the landing site. The lander will utilize acquisition and preparation tools to obtain samples from below the surface, and both under and inside rocks. In situ analysis will include examination of samples with an optical microscope, Mossbauer and fluorescent X-ray spectrometers. Extracted samples will be returned to the lander for analysis, in particular a search for organics and a measurement of their isotopic composition. The PAW experiment performance data will be described along with the status of the project.

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Citation

Mark R. Sims ; D. Pullan ; George W. Fraser ; S. Whitehead ; J. Sykes, et al.
"Performance characteristics of the PAW instrumentation on Beagle 2 (the astrobiology lander on ESA's Mars Express Mission)", Proc. SPIE 4859, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology V, 32 (February 21, 2003); doi:10.1117/12.457319; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.457319


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