Mars methane analogue mission

Mission simulation and rover operations at Jeffrey Mine and Norbestos Mine Quebec, Canada

A. Qadi, E. Cloutis, C. Samson, L. Whyte, A. Ellery, James Bell, G. Berard, A. Boivin, E. Haddad, J. Lavoie, W. Jamroz, R. Kruzelecky, A. Mack, P. Mann, K. Olsen, M. Perrot, D. Popa, T. Rhind, R. Sharma, J. Stromberg & 5 others K. Strong, A. Tremblay, R. Wilhelm, B. Wing, B. Wong

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Abstract

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), through its Analogue Missions program, supported a microrover-based analogue mission designed to simulate a Mars rover mission geared toward identifying and characterizing methane emissions on Mars. The analogue mission included two, progressively more complex, deployments in open-pit asbestos mines where methane can be generated from the weathering of olivine into serpentine: the Jeffrey mine deployment (June 2011) and the Norbestos mine deployment (June 2012). At the Jeffrey Mine, testing was conducted over 4 days using a modified off-the-shelf Pioneer rover and scientific instruments including Raman spectrometer, Picarro methane detector, hyperspectral point spectrometer and electromagnetic induction sounder for testing rock and gas samples. At the Norbestos Mine, we used the research Kapvik microrover which features enhanced autonomous navigation capabilities and a wider array of scientific instruments. This paper describes the rover operations in terms of planning, deployment, communication and equipment setup, rover path parameters and instrument performance. Overall, the deployments suggest that a search strategy of "follow the methane" is not practical given the mechanisms of methane dispersion. Rather, identification of features related to methane sources based on image tone/color and texture from panoramic imagery is more profitable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2414-2426
Number of pages13
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume55
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2015

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Keywords

  • Analogue mission
  • Asbestos mine
  • Autonomous science
  • Mars methane emissions
  • Planetary exploration microrover
  • Rover operations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Mars methane analogue mission : Mission simulation and rover operations at Jeffrey Mine and Norbestos Mine Quebec, Canada. / Qadi, A.; Cloutis, E.; Samson, C.; Whyte, L.; Ellery, A.; Bell, James; Berard, G.; Boivin, A.; Haddad, E.; Lavoie, J.; Jamroz, W.; Kruzelecky, R.; Mack, A.; Mann, P.; Olsen, K.; Perrot, M.; Popa, D.; Rhind, T.; Sharma, R.; Stromberg, J.; Strong, K.; Tremblay, A.; Wilhelm, R.; Wing, B.; Wong, B.

In: Advances in Space Research, Vol. 55, No. 10, 15.05.2015, p. 2414-2426.

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Qadi, A, Cloutis, E, Samson, C, Whyte, L, Ellery, A, Bell, J, Berard, G, Boivin, A, Haddad, E, Lavoie, J, Jamroz, W, Kruzelecky, R, Mack, A, Mann, P, Olsen, K, Perrot, M, Popa, D, Rhind, T, Sharma, R, Stromberg, J, Strong, K, Tremblay, A, Wilhelm, R, Wing, B & Wong, B 2015, 'Mars methane analogue mission: Mission simulation and rover operations at Jeffrey Mine and Norbestos Mine Quebec, Canada', Advances in Space Research, vol. 55, no. 10, pp. 2414-2426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2014.12.008
Qadi, A. ; Cloutis, E. ; Samson, C. ; Whyte, L. ; Ellery, A. ; Bell, James ; Berard, G. ; Boivin, A. ; Haddad, E. ; Lavoie, J. ; Jamroz, W. ; Kruzelecky, R. ; Mack, A. ; Mann, P. ; Olsen, K. ; Perrot, M. ; Popa, D. ; Rhind, T. ; Sharma, R. ; Stromberg, J. ; Strong, K. ; Tremblay, A. ; Wilhelm, R. ; Wing, B. ; Wong, B. / Mars methane analogue mission : Mission simulation and rover operations at Jeffrey Mine and Norbestos Mine Quebec, Canada. In: Advances in Space Research. 2015 ; Vol. 55, No. 10. pp. 2414-2426.
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