Quantitative analysis of digital outcrop data obtained from stereo-imagery using an emulator for the PanCam camera system for the ExoMars 2020 rover
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Robert Barnes, Sanjeev Gupta, Matt Gunn, Gerhard Paar, Matt Balme, Ben Huber, Arnold Bauer, Komyo Furya, Maria del Pilar Caballo-Perucha, Chris Traxler, Gerd Hesina, Thomas Ortner, Steven Banham, Jennifer Harris, Jan-Peter Muller, Yu Tao
Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 19, EGU2017-14607, 2017 , 4/2018
A key focus of planetary rover missions is to use panoramic camera systems to image outcrops along rover traverses, in order to characterise their geology in search of ancient life. This data can be processed to create 3D point clouds of rock outcrops to be quantitatively nalysed. The Mars Utah Rover Field Investigation (MURFI 2016) is a Mars Rover field analogue mission run by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). It took place between 22nd October and 13th November 2016 and consisted of a science team based in Harwell, UK, and a field team including an instrumented Rover platform at the field site near Hanksville (Utah, USA). The Aberystwyth University PanCam Emulator 3 (AUPE3) camera system was used to collect stereo panoramas of the terrain the rover encountered during the field trials.