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USGS Spectroscopy Lab personnel are involved with NASA planetary spacecraft missions. Dr. Roger Clark is a team mamber on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS), a currently active mission, a Co-Investigator on the Chandrayaan-1, Moon Mineralogy Mapper, mission complete, a participating scientist on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) currently orbiting Mars, a Co-Investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor, Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) (mission complete), and a science adjunct on the Galileo, Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) now orbiting Jupiter (mission complete). Each of these instruments is an imaging spectrometer.

The pages below describe the spectral mapping part of the missions and include results from the instruments as they become available and have links to the spacecraft home pages and additional information.



Cassini Mission to Saturn

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter



Launched in 2008, Chandrayaan-1 completed its mission in 2009 with the co-discovery of water adsorbed in the rocks and minerals exposed to sunlight in the lunar surface.


Mars Global Surveyor


Galileo: Mission to Jupiter

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