New and Extended Data Processing of Mars Odyssey Neutron Spectrometer Data

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Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019

K.E. Mesick, W.C. Feldman, E.R. Mullin, L.C. Stonehill

(Submitted on 18 Apr 2019)

The Los Alamos National Laboratory designed and built Mars Odyssey Neutron Spectrometer (MONS) has been in excellent health operating from February 2002 to the present. MONS measures the neutron leakage albedo from galactic cosmic ray bombardment of Mars. These signals can indicate the presence of near-surface water deposits on Mars, and can also be used to study properties of the seasonal polar CO2 ice caps. This work outlines a new analysis of the MONS data that results in new and extended time-series maps of MONS thermal and epithermal neutron data. The new data are compared to previous publications on the MONS instrument. We then present preliminary results studying the inter-annual variability in the polar regions of Mars based on 8 Mars-Years of MONS data from the new dataset.

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:1904.09036 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1904.09036v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Katherine Mesick [

[v1] Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:51:10 UTC (5,671 KB)

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