The Hawai`i Space Lecture Series


New Technology for Exploring Ice on Earth, Mars and Europa


Dr. F. Scott Anderson
Planetary Scientist
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

November 25, 2003

This presentation is FREE of CHARGE and will be held at the

Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC)
5th Floor, Pacific Ocean Science & Technology (POST) building, Rm. 544
University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai`i

For more information regarding this presentation, please call the NASA PRPDC at 956-3132.



CRYOBOT: New Technology for Exploring Ice on Earth, Mars and Europa

Terrestrial ice contains a rich sedimentary record of climate history, meteorite flux, and volcanic events. Other planets, such as Mars and Europa, are also observed to have icy surfaces which may contain a record of their formation, or even biotic signatures. However, access to deep ice is commonly accomplished using large coring devices unsuitable for planetary use. A new subsurface mobility vehicle has been developed for exploring ice on Earth, as well as on Mars or Europa. I will describe the case for exploring ice, as well as showing tests of the prototype vehicle.

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