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Planetary UV-Vis-NIR Science Project

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Planetary UV-Vis-NIR Science Project

An infrastructure for integrating a UV-Vis-NIR spectrometer that can address broad planetary science goals will be developed. Earth and other solar system bodies have characteristic spectral signatures in this spectral range. Results will be used to explore the new concept for planetary science missions and evaluate system parameters.


A system that integrates a commercially available UV- Vis-NIR spectrometer will be developed for studying planetary objects.  Trade studies will be performed to explore application limits in furthering planetary and earth science goals. The signal-to-noise is also sufficient to look for particular Mineralogical signatures in the UV.

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