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    The D-CIXS X-ray spectrometer on the SMART-1 mission to the Moon: first results

    Grande, M. and Kellett, B.J. and Howe, C.J. and Perry, C.H. and Swinyard, B.M. and Dunkin, S. and Huovelin, J. and Alha, L. and d'Uston, L.C. and Maurice, S. and Gasnault, O. and Couturier Doux, S. and Barabash, S. and Joy, K.H. and Crawford, Ian and Lawrence, D.J. and Fernandes, V.A. and Casanova, I. and Wieczorek, M. and Thomas, N. and Mall, U. and Foing, B.H. and Hughes, D. and Alleyne, H. and Russell, S.S. and Grady, M. and Lundin, R. and Baker, D. and Murray, C.D. and Guest, J. and Christou, A. (2007) The D-CIXS X-ray spectrometer on the SMART-1 mission to the Moon: first results. Planetary and Space Science 55 (4), 494 - 502. ISSN 0032-0633.

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    Abstract

    The SMART-1 mission has recently arrived at the Moon. Its payload includes D-CIXS, a compact X-ray spectrometer. SMART-1 is a technology evaluation mission, and D-CIXS is the first of a new generation of planetary X-ray spectrometers. Novel technologies enable new capabilities for measuring the fluorescent yield of a planetary surface or atmosphere which is illuminated by solar X-rays. During the extended SMART-1 cruise phase, observations of the Earth showed strong argon emission, providing a good source for calibration and demonstrating the potential of the technique. At the Moon, our initial observations over Mare Crisium show a first unambiguous remote sensing of calcium in the lunar regolith. Data obtained are broadly consistent with current understanding of mare and highland composition. Ground truth is provided by the returned Luna 20 and 24 sample sets.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Moon, X-ray, composition
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2011 11:15
    Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 09:30
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3995

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