A Geology Sampling System for Small Bodies
Human exploration of small bodies is being investigated as a precursor to a Mars surface mission. Asteroids, comets, dwarf planets, and the moons of Mars all fall into this small bodies category and some are being discussed as potential mission targets. Obtaining geological samples for return to Earth will be a major objective for any mission to a small body. Currently, the knowledge base for geology sampling in microgravity is in its infancy. Humans interacting with non-engineered surfaces in a microgravity environment pose unique challenges. In preparation for such missions, a team at the NASA Johnson Space Center has been working to gain experience on how to safely obtain numerous sample types in such an environment. This paper describes the type of samples the science community is interested in, highlights notable prototype work, and discusses an integrated geology sampling solution.
NASA Johnson Space Center
Jacobs at NASA Johnson Space Center
ICES401: Extravehicular Activity: Systems
Adam J. Naids, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Anthony D. Hood, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Paul Abell, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Trevor Graff, Jacobs at NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Jesse Buffington, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
The 46th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Vienna, Austria, USA on 10 July 2016 through 14 July 2016.