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Moon4You: a combined Raman/LIBS instrument for lunar exploration
Author(s): Erik C. Laan; Berit Ahlers; Wim van Westrenen; Jeannette Heiligers; Arno Wielders
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Paper Abstract

Moon4You is a project led by the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO, with partners from industry and universities in the Netherlands that aims to provide a combined Raman / LIBS instrument as scientific payload for lunar exploration missions. It is the first time that Raman spectroscopy and LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) are combined into one miniaturised instrument with minimum mass, volume and use of resources and can deliver data-products almost instantly. These characteristics make it the next-generation instrument for mineralogical and elemental (atomic) characterisation of lunar soil and rock samples, as well as for a host of other planetary exploration and terrestrial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7441, Instruments and Methods for Astrobiology and Planetary Missions XII, 744114 (3 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825883
Show Author Affiliations
Erik C. Laan, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)
Berit Ahlers, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)
Wim van Westrenen, Vrije Univ. (Netherlands)
Jeannette Heiligers, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)
Arno Wielders, Space Horizon (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7441:
Instruments and Methods for Astrobiology and Planetary Missions XII
Kurt D. Retherford; Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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