Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12666/587
Title: The Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, MEDA. A Suite of Environmental Sensors for the Mars 2020 Mission
Authors: Rodríguez Manfredi, J. A.
De la Torre Juárez, M.
Alonso, A.
Apéstigue, V.
Arruego, I.
Atienza, T.
Banfield, D.
Boland, J.
Carrera, M. A.
Castañer, L.
Ceballos, J.
Chen Chen, H.
Cobos, A.
Conrad, P.
Cordoba, E.
Del Río Gaztelurrutia, T.
De Vicente Retortillo, A.
Domínguez Pumar, M.
Espejo, S.
Fairén, A.
Fernández Palma, A.
Ferrándiz, R.
Ferri, F.
Fischer, E.
García Manchado, A.
García Villadangos, M.
Genzer, M.
Giménez, Á.
Gómez Elvira, J.
Gómez, F.
Guzewich, S. D.
Harri, A. M.
Hernández, C. D.
Hieta, M.
Hueso, R.
Jaakonaho, I.
Jiménez, J. J.
Jiménez, V.
Larman, A.
Leiter, R.
Lepinette, A.
Lemmon, M. T.
López, G.
Madsen, N. S.
Mäkinen, T.
Marín, M.
Martín Soler, J.
Martínez, G.
Molina, A.
Mora Sotomayor, L.
Moreno Álvarez, J. F.
Navarro, S.
Newman, C. E.
Ortega, C.
Parrondo, M. C.
Peinado, V.
Peña, A.
Pérez Grande, I.
Pérez Hoyos, S.
Pla García, J.
Polkko, J.
Postigo, M.
Prieto Ballesteros, O.
Rafkin, S. C. R.
Ramos, M.
Richardson, M. I.
Romeral, J.
Romero, C.
Runyon, K. D.
Saiz López, A.
Sánchez Lavega, A.
Sard, I.
Schofield, J. T.
Sebastián, E.
Smith, M. D.
Sullivan, Robert
Tamppari, L. K.
Thompson, A. D.
Toledo, D.
Torrero, F.
Torres, J.
Urquí, R.
Velasco, T.
Viúdez Moreiras, Daniel
Zurita, S.
Keywords: Meda Instruments;Mars2020;Perseverance;Instruments;Mars;Atmosphere;Pressure;Wind;Temperature;Surface Temperature;Albedo;Dust;Clouds;UV;Thermal Infrared;Radiation Fluxes
Issue Date: 13-Apr-2021
Publisher: Springer Link
DOI: 10.1007/s11214-021-00816-9
Published version: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11214-021-00816-9
Citation: Space Science Reviews 217: 48(2021)
Abstract: NASA’s Mars 2020 (M2020) rover mission includes a suite of sensors to monitor current environmental conditions near the surface of Mars and to constrain bulk aerosol properties from changes in atmospheric radiation at the surface. The Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA) consists of a set of meteorological sensors including wind sensor, a barometer, a relative humidity sensor, a set of 5 thermocouples to measure atmospheric temperature at ∼1.5 m and ∼0.5 m above the surface, a set of thermopiles to characterize the thermal IR brightness temperatures of the surface and the lower atmosphere. MEDA adds a radiation and dust sensor to monitor the optical atmospheric properties that can be used to infer bulk aerosol physical properties such as particle size distribution, non-sphericity, and concentration. The MEDA package and its scientific purpose are described in this document as well as how it responded to the calibration tests and how it helps prepare for the human exploration of Mars. A comparison is also presented to previous environmental monitoring payloads landed on Mars on the Viking, Pathfinder, Phoenix, MSL, and InSight spacecraft.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12666/587
E-ISSN: 1572-9672
ISSN: 0038-6308
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