Successful Mars Remote Sensors, MO THEMIS and MER Mini-TES

Steven Silverman, Philip Christensen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The performance of the Mars Exploration Rover Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) and the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was discussed. Mini-TES was a single detector Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) and THEMIS was based an uncooled silicon microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) technology. The major goal of the Mars Exploration Program was to determine whether life ever existed on Mars. The landing sites were identified with the highest probability of containing samples indicative of early pre-biotic or biotic environments. The aqueous and hydrothermal environments in which life could have existed, or regions of near-surface water or heat sources were analyzed with the help of THEMIS and Mini-TES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Nov 2003
EventProceedings of the 5th IAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: Sep 24 2003Sep 26 2003


OtherProceedings of the 5th IAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions


  • Fourier Transform Spectrometer
  • FTS
  • Mars Rover
  • Mineralogy
  • Remote Sensing
  • Thermal Emission
  • Thermal imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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