EGU21-12950, updated on 04 Mar 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-12950
EGU General Assembly 2021
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The science system on-board the Emirates Lunar Mission's Rashid rover

Sebastian Els1, Sara Almaeeini2, and Hamad Almarzooqi3
Sebastian Els et al.
  • 1Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, ELM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (sebastian.els@mbrsc.ae)
  • 2Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, ELM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (sara.almaeeni@mbrsc.ae)
  • 3Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, ELM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Hamad.AlMarzooqi@mbrsc.ae)

The Emirates Lunar Mission is developing the small and light weight "Rashid" rover. The goals for this rover are to traverse several hundred meters on the lunar surface during the course of one lunar day. The Rashid rover's science objectives cover both fundamental science as well as engineering topics with the goal to enable future missions to the lunar surface, and other airless solar system bodies. Hence, Rashid will carry a suite of scientific instruments and an experiment, covering a wide range of the physical properties at the lunar surface. The focus of investigation for the microscopic imager (CAM-M) will be to measure the regolith particle size distribution, and the lunar surface structure at microscopic scales. The Langmuir probe system (LNG) will address  the  electron density profile of the sheath, its behavior over the course of the lunar day, and its dependence on topographic features.  A thermal imager (CAM-T) with low spatial resolution is also foreseen. Finally, the in-situ testing of the adhesive and abrasive properties of various materials to lunar regolith is planned to be conducted by the MAD experiment.  In this paper the science program and instrumentation of the Rashid mission will be outlined.

How to cite: Els, S., Almaeeini, S., and Almarzooqi, H.: The science system on-board the Emirates Lunar Mission's Rashid rover, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-12950, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-12950, 2021.

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