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Comparison of surface temperatures measured by the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) on Mars Express with predictions from the Berlin Mars near Surface Thermal model (BMST) for the BEAGLE 2 landing site in Isidis Planitia

Helbert, Jörn and Arnold, G. and Benkhoff, J. and Hirsch, H. and Maturilli, A. and Formisano, V. and Giuranna, M. (2005) Comparison of surface temperatures measured by the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) on Mars Express with predictions from the Berlin Mars near Surface Thermal model (BMST) for the BEAGLE 2 landing site in Isidis Planitia. Advances in Space Research. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2005.05.007. ISSN 0273-1177. (In Press)

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Abstract

The Isidis Plantita region on Mars is a landing site favored by engineers for its inherent safety. The landing site of Beagle 2 was in this area, as was one of the prime backup landing sites for the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. Therefore, it seems likely that for future lander missions to Mars this area will be on the shortlist. Within its first orbits Mars Express has passed over Isidis Planitia and the Beagle 2 landing site. From these passes we have derived first estimates of the surface temperature for a region covering the planned landing site of Beagle 2 using in the long wavelength channel (5–45 μm) of the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) next term on Mars Express. We have compared these temperatures with a map of surface temperatures for this area derived from a modeling with the Berlin Mars near Surface Thermal model (Helbert, J., Benkhoff, J. A new approach to assessing the burial depth of ground ice deposits and its application to proposed MER landing sites in Isidis Planitia. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(E12), ROV 28-1, 2003).

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2005, online verfügbar seit 25. Juli 2005
Title:Comparison of surface temperatures measured by the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) on Mars Express with predictions from the Berlin Mars near Surface Thermal model (BMST) for the BEAGLE 2 landing site in Isidis Planitia
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Helbert, JörnUNSPECIFIED
Arnold, G.UNSPECIFIED
Benkhoff, J.Research and Scientific Support Department, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Hirsch, H.UNSPECIFIED
Maturilli, A.Institute for Interplanetary Space Physics – INAF, Rome, Italy; University of Naples – Federico II, Italy
Formisano, V.Institute for Interplanetary Space Physics – INAF, Rome, Italy
Giuranna, M.Institute for Interplanetary Space Physics – INAF, Rome, Italy
Date:2005
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI:10.1016/j.asr.2005.05.007
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0273-1177
Status:In Press
Keywords:Mars, Surface, Water, Ice deposits, Beagle 2, Exobiology
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
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Deposited By: Susanne Pieth
Deposited On:12 Jan 2006
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 20:25

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