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The Close-Up Imager Onboard the ESA ExoMars Rover: Objectives, Description, Operations, and Science Validation Activities

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Jean-Luc Josset, Frances Westall, Beda A. Hofmann, John Spray, Charles Cockell, Stephan Kempe, Andrew D. Griffiths, Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Luigi Colangeli, Detlef Koschny, Karl Föllmi, Eric Verrecchia, Larryn Diamond, Marie Josse, Emmanuelle J. Javaux, Francesca Esposito, Matthew Gunn, Audrey L. Souchon-Leitner, Tomaso R.R. Bontognali, Oleg Korablev, Suren Erkman, Gerhard Paar , F. Foucher, Philippe Martin, Antoine Verhaeghe, Mitko Tanevski, Jorge L. Vago

Astrobiology , 7/2017

Abstract:

The Close-Up Imager (CLUPI) onboard the ESA ExoMars Rover is a powerful high-resolution color camera specifically designed for close-up observations. Its accommodation on the movable drill allows multiple positioning. The science objectives of the instrument are geological characterization of rocks in terms of texture, structure, and color and the search for potential morphological biosignatures. We present the CLUPI science objectives, performance, and technical description, followed by a description of the instrument's planned operations strategy during the mission on Mars. CLUPI will contribute to the rover mission by surveying the geological environment, acquiring close-up images of outcrops, observing the drilling area, inspecting the top portion of the drill borehole (and deposited fines), monitoring drilling operations, and imaging samples collected by the drill. A status of the current development and planned science validation activities is also given. Key Words: Mars-Biosignatures-Planetary Instrumentation.