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Mapping the Surface Composition of Venus in the Near Infrared

Helbert, Jörn and Müller, N. and Ferrari, Sabrina and Dyar, M. D. and Smrekar, S.E. and Head, J.W. and Elkins-Tanton, L. T. (2014) Mapping the Surface Composition of Venus in the Near Infrared. Workshop on Venus Exploration Targets, 19.-21. Mai 2014, Houston, TX, USA.

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Observing the surface of Venus in the near-infrared from orbit or from an aerial platform will provide new insights into the mineralogy of Venus. In combination with a high-resolution radar mapper that provides accurate topographic data, this would allow global or regional mapping of the surface composition at a spatial scale of approximately 50km. In addition to the high scientific value of this data in itself, VEM will also provide important constraints for future landing site selections. Taking again the example of Quetzalpetlatl Corona, the near-infrared data also identify lava flows that show unusual surface composition. Depending on the science strategy for a lander this might be areas to target or to avoid. Combining the near infrared data with radar derived geological information will allow further conclusions on the evolution of Venus to be drawn.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/94340/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Mapping the Surface Composition of Venus in the Near Infrared
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Helbert, JörnJoern.Helbert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5346-9505
Ferrari, Sabrinasabrina.ferrari (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Smrekar, S.E.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIED
Head, J.W.Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI, USAUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2014
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Venus, radar, mapping, spectroscopy
Event Title:Workshop on Venus Exploration Targets
Event Location:Houston, TX, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:19.-21. Mai 2014
Organizer:LPI Houston
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Venus Express Kamera (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Experimentelle Planetenphysik
Deposited By: Helbert, Dr.rer.nat. Jörn
Deposited On:08 Jan 2015 13:38
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:51

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