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Title: MEMS - based micro instruments for in-situ planetary exploration.
Authors: George, Thomas
Urgiles, Eduardo R
Toda, Risaku
Wilcox, Jaroslava Z.
Douglas, Susanne
Lee, C-S.
Son, Kyung-Ah
Miller, D.
Myung, N.
Madsen, L.
Leskowitz, G.
El-Gammal, R.
Weitekamp, D.
Keywords: Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
planetary exploration
micro instruments
Issue Date: 9-May-2005
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2005.
Citation: SPIE Symposium on Microtechnologies for the New Millennium, Seville, Spain, May 9-11, 2005.
Abstract: NASA's planetary exploration strategy is primarily targeted to the detection of extant or extinct signs of life. Thus, the agency is moving towards more in-situ landed missions as evidenced by the recent, successful demonstration of twin Mars Exploration Rovers. Also, future robotic exploration platforms are expected to evolve towards sophisticated analytical laboratories composed of multi-instrument suites. MEMS technology is very attractive for in-situ planetary exploration because of the promise of a diverse and capable set of advanced, low mass and low-power devices and instruments. At JPL, we are exploiting this diversity of MEMS for the development of a new class of miniaturized instruments for planetary exploration. In particular, two examples of this approach are the development of an Electron Luminescence X-ray Spectrometer (ELXS), and a Force-Detected Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FDNMR) Spectrometer.
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