Lunar and Planetary Institute






Dr. Laurel Kirkland


Dr. Laurel Kirkland

Remote Sensing of Mars and the Moon
E-mail: kirkland@lpi.usra.edu

Our research emphasizes how to identify surface materials when people cannot visit the site. For example, as occurs in unmanned exploration of Mars, or remote identification of materials by astronauts on Mars or the moon. We focus on infrared spectrometers that measure from rover and airborne/satellite perspectives. Our terrestrial analog research uses the unique rover-analog instruments "Tonka" and "RamVan", and the airborne imaging spectrometer "SEBASS." I am also a Co-Investigator on the ChemCam instrument that NASA selected for flight on the 2009 Mars rover, and LPI is involved in the education and public outreach for ChemCam.

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Last updated
February 15, 2007