Mars Surveyor 2003
Surveyor 2003 and 2005 missions are currently not well-defined.
The current plans call for a lander/rover to search for organic
materials and signs of past life. The rover will have an imaging
system, a sampling arm, rock and soil acquisition and experiments to
study the mineralogy and chemical properties of rocks and soils.
- May-Jun 2003 - Mars 2003 Orbiter and Lander Launch
NASA IRTF Mission Support
- Future missions, including Mars98 and 2001, will use aerobraking and
aerocapture. It is crucial that the amount of dust in the atmosphere
be accurately known, because dust inflates the atmosphere and increases
the density, critically affecting the aerobraking. Earth-based
monitoring of the atmospheric dust content is therefore absolutely
essential. It can be done either in the IR (CO band) or in the
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