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Title: A P-band Radar Mission to Mars
Authors: Campbell, Bruce
Freeman, Anthony
Veilleux, Louise
Huneycutt, Brian
Jones, Michael
Shotwell, Robert
Keywords: Mars
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
global mapping
Issue Date: Mar-2003
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2003
Citation: IEEE Aerospace Conference , Big Sky, Montana, March 8-15, 2003.
Abstract: Large regions of Mars are covered by dust that obscures geological evidence for fluvial channels, the extent of volcanic flows, and features associated with near-surface ground ice. We describe a Mars orbiting mission carrying a P-band SAR to map these hidden surface features. Mapping would be carried out in HH and VV polarizations, with the comparison of the two expected to yield a distinction between surface echoes and subsurface features beneath up to 5 m of dust. Repeat-pass interferometry data would also be collected to characterize volatile migration at the poles, aeolian shifting of the dust mantle, and possible volcanic deformation. This paper describes the technical design of a P-band SAR for global mapping of Mars, and the characteristics of the proposed mission.
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