Mineralogy at Meridiani Planum from the Mini-TES Experiment on the Opportunity Rover

@article{Christensen2004MineralogyAM,
  title={Mineralogy at Meridiani Planum from the Mini-TES Experiment on the Opportunity Rover},
  author={Philip R. Christensen and Michael Bruce Wyatt and Timothy D. Glotch and Alex Rogers and S. Anwar and Raymond E. Arvidson and Joshua L. Bandfield and Diana Blaney and Charles J. Budney and Wendy M. Calvin and A. Fallacaro and Robin L. Fergason and Noel Gorelick and Trevor G. Graff and Victoria E. Hamilton and Alexander Gerard Hayes and J R Johnson and Amy T. Knudson and Harry Y. Jr. Mcsween and Greg L. Mehall and L K Mehall and Jeffrey Moersch and R. V. Morris and Michael D. Smith and Steven W. Squyres and Steven W. Ruff and Michael J. Wolff},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={306},
  pages={1733 - 1739}
}
The Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) on Opportunity investigated the mineral abundances and compositions of outcrops, rocks, and soils at Meridiani Planum. Coarse crystalline hematite and olivine-rich basaltic sands were observed as predicted from orbital TES spectroscopy. Outcrops of aqueous origin are composed of 15 to 35% by volume magnesium and calcium sulfates [a high-silica component modeled as a combination of glass, feldspar, and sheet silicates (∼20 to 30%)], and… Expand
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