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Photodetector development for the Wheel Abrasion Experiment on the Sojourner microrover of the Mars Pathfinder mission

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3 Author(s)
Wilt, D.M. ; NASA Lewis Res. Center, Cleveland, OH, USA ; Jenkins, Phillip P. ; Scheiman, D.A.

On-board the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft, launched in December of 1996, is a small roving vehicle named Sojourner. On Sojourner is an experiment to determine the abrasive characteristics of the Martian surface, called the Wheel Abrasion Experiment (WAE). The experiment works as follows: one of the wheels of the rover has a strip of black anodized aluminum bonded to the tread. The aluminum strip has thin coatings of aluminum, nickel and platinum deposited in patches. There are five patches or samples of each metal, and the patches range in thickness from 200 Å to 1000 Å. The different metals were chosen for their differing hardness and their environmental stability. As the wheel is spun in the Martian soil, the thin patches of metal are abraded away, exposing the black anodization. The abrasion is monitored by measuring the amount of light reflected off of the samples. A photodetector was developed for this purpose, and that is the subject of this paper

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Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 1997. IECEC-97., Proceedings of the 32nd Intersociety  (Volume:1 )

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27 Jul-1 Aug 1997