New Technology for Exploring Ice on Earth, Mars and Europa
Dr. F. Scott Anderson
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
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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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