NASA Mars 2007 phoenix lander robotic arm and icy soil acquisition device

Robert G. Bonitz, Lori Shiraishi, Matthew Robinson, Raymond E. Arvidson, P. C. Chu, J. J. Wilson, K. R. Davis, G. Paulsen, A. G. Kusack, Doug Archer, Peter Smith

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Abstract

The primary purpose of the Mars 2007 Phoenix Lander Robotic Arm (RA) and associated Icy Soil Acquisition Device (ISAD) is to acquire samples of Martian dry and icy soil (DIS) by digging, scraping, and rasping, and delivering them to the Thermal Evolved Gas Analyzer and the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer. The RA will also position (1) the Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe (TECP) in the DIS; (2) the TECP at various heights above the surface for relative humidity measurements, and (3) the Robotic Arm Camera to take images of the surface, trench, DIS samples within the ISAD scoop, magnetic targets, and other objects of scientific interest within its workspace. The RA/ISAD will also be used to generate DIS piles for monitoring; conduct DIS scraping, penetration, rasping, and chopping experiments; perform compaction tests; and conduct trench cave-in experiments. Data from the soil mechanics experiments will yield information on Martian DIS properties such as angle of repose, cohesion, bearing strength, and grain size distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE00A01
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Volume114
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 20 2009

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soil
thermal conductivity
electrical conductivity
trench
analyzers
Thermal conductivity
probe
Bearings (structural)
soil mechanics
electrochemistry
humidity measurement

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  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Bonitz, R. G., Shiraishi, L., Robinson, M., Arvidson, R. E., Chu, P. C., Wilson, J. J., ... Smith, P. (2009). NASA Mars 2007 phoenix lander robotic arm and icy soil acquisition device. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 114(3), [E00A01]. https://doi.org/10.1029/2007JE003030

NASA Mars 2007 phoenix lander robotic arm and icy soil acquisition device. / Bonitz, Robert G.; Shiraishi, Lori; Robinson, Matthew; Arvidson, Raymond E.; Chu, P. C.; Wilson, J. J.; Davis, K. R.; Paulsen, G.; Kusack, A. G.; Archer, Doug; Smith, Peter.

In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, Vol. 114, No. 3, E00A01, 20.03.2009.

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Bonitz, RG, Shiraishi, L, Robinson, M, Arvidson, RE, Chu, PC, Wilson, JJ, Davis, KR, Paulsen, G, Kusack, AG, Archer, D & Smith, P 2009, 'NASA Mars 2007 phoenix lander robotic arm and icy soil acquisition device', Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, vol. 114, no. 3, E00A01. https://doi.org/10.1029/2007JE003030
Bonitz RG, Shiraishi L, Robinson M, Arvidson RE, Chu PC, Wilson JJ et al. NASA Mars 2007 phoenix lander robotic arm and icy soil acquisition device. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. 2009 Mar 20;114(3). E00A01. https://doi.org/10.1029/2007JE003030
Bonitz, Robert G. ; Shiraishi, Lori ; Robinson, Matthew ; Arvidson, Raymond E. ; Chu, P. C. ; Wilson, J. J. ; Davis, K. R. ; Paulsen, G. ; Kusack, A. G. ; Archer, Doug ; Smith, Peter. / NASA Mars 2007 phoenix lander robotic arm and icy soil acquisition device. In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics. 2009 ; Vol. 114, No. 3.
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