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Proposal Information for 2011B-0331


PI: John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute, spencer@boulder.swri.edu
Address: 1050 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80304, USA

CoI: Constantine Tsang, Southwest Research Institute
CoI: Will Grundy, Lowell Observatory
CoI: J. Bradley Dalton, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Title: The Nature of the Hydrated Material on Europa

Abstract: We plan to use NIFS to map the H-band and K-band spectrum of hydrated materials on Europa with high spatial and spectral resolution, in order to constrain the chemical nature of these materials, in particular to determine the chemistry of the hydrated salts which may be an important component of this material. This information will in turn constrain the chemistry of Europa's ice shell and ocean, and will help to evaluate the potential of near-infrared spectroscopy for the descoped Jupiter Europa Orbiter mission.


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