Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer
The Story So Far.
For years humans have looked toward Mars as the next frontier, the next home for mankind. In an effort to increase our understanding of the red planet NASA has embarked on an ambitious program of Mars exploration. MVACS along with Mars Global Surveyor '98 will be the next step in this program.
Mars Surveyor Timeline Image (CAP presentation)
In November of 1995 the Mars Volatiles and Climate Surveyor was selected as the lander payload for the January, 1998 launch and intends to answer a few questions after it's arrival in 1999.
|MVACS Instrument Suite|
|Instrument||Supplier||Meteorology Package (MET)||Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, UCLA|
|Stereo Surface Imager (SSI)
Robotic Arm Camera (RAC)
|University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary lab|
|Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA)|
|Imager for the Robotic Arm Camera||Max Planck Intitut fur Aeronomie|
|Lander Descent Imager (MARDI)||Malin Space Science Systems|
|Laser Ranging Device (LIDAR)||Russian Acadamy of Science(RAS), Space Research Institue (IKI)|