Characterization of Mars Analogs: Field and Lab Analyses Including VNIR Spectroscopy and Comparison with Mars

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00:00:00 2017-02-15 Characteristics of Mars analogs_ field and lab analyses including VNIR spectroscopy and comparison with Mars

This ASD webinar involves the characterization of Mars analogs. Dr. Janice Bishop of the SETI Institute discusses her use of the ASD TerraSpec® Halo mineral identifier for the purpose of collecting spectra under Mars-like conditions, and explains the importance of understanding spectral properties of minerals in the lab and field in order to characterize and identify minerals on Mars


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Dr. Janice Bishop holds a PhD in Chemistry from Brown University and an MS in Applied Earth Science, Remote Sensing from Stanford - she is a chemist and planetary scientist who explores the planet Mars using spectroscopy. Her investigations of CRISM data of Mars are revealing clays and sulfates in the ancient rocks that provide information about the geochemical environment at the time the minerals formed. Dr. Bishop studies the spectral fingerprints of minerals and rocks in the lab in order to generate a spectral library for identification of these in the Martian data. Her research also involves collecting and studying Mars analog rocks and soils at a variety of locations including volcanic islands, cold deserts, hydrothermal regions, acidic aqueous sites, and meteorites (which are the only Martian samples available on Earth to date).