Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies Project: Second Year

B. Glass; A. Davila; V. Parro; R. Quinn; P. Willis; W. Brinckherhoff; K. Zacny; J. DiRuggiero; M. Williams; T. Fong; D. Bergman; T. Stucky; S. Seitz; G. Paulsen; C. McKay; C. Stoker. 2018. Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies Project: Second Year. Earth and Space 2018: Engineering for Extreme Environments, 16th Biennial International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction, and Operations in Challenging Environments (Earth & Space), 337-347

The Atacama rover astrobiology drilling studies (ARADS) project is iteratively developing a simulated Mars rover biomarker-detection mission over four successive field deployments at the Atacama Desert Mars-analog site in 2015-2019. The second ARADS deployment in February 2017 gathered ground-truth samples, studied biomarker distributions, tested an integrated 2 m sampling drill and sample transfer arm on the KREX2 rover, and tested four astrobiology instruments at sites near Yungay Station in the Atacama Desert.

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