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The SuperCam Remote Sensing Instrument Suite for Mars 2020

Roger C. Wiens
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Ph. Cais
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S. Mclennan
Franck Montmessin
Samuel Bernard
N. Lanza
Cécile Fabre


The Mars 2020 rover, essentially a structural twin of MSL, is being built to a) characterize the geology and history of a new landing site on Mars, b) find and characterize ancient habitable environments, c) cache samples for eventual return to Earth, and d) demonstrate in-situ production of oxygen needed for human exploration. Remote-sensing instrumentation is needed to support the first three of these goals [1]. The SuperCam instrument meets these needs with a range of instrumentation including the highest-resolution remote imaging on the rover, two different techniques for determining mineralogy , and one technique to provide elemental compositions. All of these techniques are co-boresighted, providing rapid comprehensive characterization. In addition, for targets within 7 meters of the rover the laser shock waves brush away the dust, providing cleaner surfaces for analysis. SuperCam will use an advanced version of the AEGIS robotic target selection software.
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insu-01285184 , version 1 (09-03-2016)


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Roger C. Wiens, Sylvestre Maurice, K. Mccabe, Ph. Cais, Ryan B. Anderson, et al.. The SuperCam Remote Sensing Instrument Suite for Mars 2020. 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Mar 2016, The Woodlands, TX, United States. pp.1322. ⟨insu-01285184⟩
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