The upcoming launch of the European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars 2020 rover signals a need for an analysis tool to be created which can exploit the multi- and hyperspectral data that will be returned by its Panoramic Camera (PanCam), Infrared Spectrometer for Mars (ISEM), and Close-UP Imager (CLUPI) instruments. Data processed by this analysis tool will be invaluable in (i) characterising the geology local to the ExoMars rover, (ii) relating ground-based observations to orbital Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) data, (iii) detecting evidence of past habitability on Mars, and (iv) identifying drilling locations. PanCam, ISEM, and CLUPI offer spectral analysis capabilities in both spatial (140-1310 microns/pixel at 2 m working distance) and spectral (440-3300 nm) dimensions. We have developed the ExoMars Spectral Tool (ExoSpec) which functions as a GUI-based extension to ENVI + IDL and performs steps from image import and compilation into ENVI.dat format, flat-fielding, radiometric correction, radiance-toreflectance (R∗) corrections using the in-scene Gretag MacBeth ColorCheckerTM, and calculation of spectral parameters. We demonstrate the functionality of ExoSpec at its current stage of development and illustrate its utility with results from field expeditions to Mars analogue terrains in: (i) geothermally altered basalts in Ńamafjall, Iceland, and (ii) layered alluvial plains deposits in Hanksville, USA, using ExoMars PanCam, ISEM, and CLUPI emulator instruments. © 2018 SPIE.
|Title of host publication||Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XXIV 2018|
|Editors||F. Bovolo, L. Bruzzone, Jon Atli Benediktsson|
|ISBN (Print)||978-151062161-9, 151062161X|
|Publication status||Published - 09 Oct 2018|
|Event||Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing - Berlin, Germany|
Duration: 10 Sept 2018 → 13 Sept 2018
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE|
|Conference||Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing|
|Period||10 Sept 2018 → 13 Sept 2018|
- European space agency
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Association of Science and Discovery Centres: Destination Space 2
Helen Miles (Researcher) & Matt Gunn (Researcher)
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