The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) experiment for NASA's 2009 Mars Science Laboratory

M. L. Litvak, I. G. Mitrofanov, Yu N. Barmakov, A. Behar, A. Bitulev, Yu Bobrovnitsky, E. P. Bogolubov, W. V. Boynton, S. I. Bragin, S. Churin, A. S. Grebennikov, A. Konovalov, A. S. Kozyrev, I. G. Kurdumov, A. Krylov, Yu P. Kuznetsov, A. V. Malakhov, M. I. Mokrousov, V. I. Ryzhkov, A. B. SaninV. N. Shvetsov, G. A. Smirnov, S. Sholeninov, G. N. Timoshenko, T. M. Tomilina, D. V. Tuvakin, V. I. Tretyakov, V. S. Troshin, V. N. Uvarov, A. Varenikov, A. Vostrukhin

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Abstract

We present a summary of the physical principles and design of the Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instrument onboard NASA's 2009 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. The DAN instrument will use the method of neutron-neutron activation analysis in a space application to study the abundance and depth distribution of water in the martian subsurface along the path of the MSL rover.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-612
Number of pages8
JournalAstrobiology
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

Keywords

  • Mars exploration
  • Neutron activation analysis
  • Neutron logging
  • Neutron spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Litvak, M. L., Mitrofanov, I. G., Barmakov, Y. N., Behar, A., Bitulev, A., Bobrovnitsky, Y., Bogolubov, E. P., Boynton, W. V., Bragin, S. I., Churin, S., Grebennikov, A. S., Konovalov, A., Kozyrev, A. S., Kurdumov, I. G., Krylov, A., Kuznetsov, Y. P., Malakhov, A. V., Mokrousov, M. I., Ryzhkov, V. I., ... Vostrukhin, A. (2008). The Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) experiment for NASA's 2009 Mars Science Laboratory. Astrobiology, 8(3), 605-612. https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2007.0157