SHARAD scientific activities on MRO (2009/2013)

The research activities of this project have represented the follow up of the work carried out in the period 2005/2007 (SHARAD project- Phase E) on SHARAD radar, in which CO.RI.S.T.A. has been responsible for the implementation of operative instruments of the Ground Data System devoted to SHARAD data processing and to the estimate of the radar performances.

CO.RI.S.T.A. has participated in the activities on behalf of INFOCOM, Department of Information and Communication Science and Technique, of the University of Rome "La Sapienza",which has been team leader of the project, and had the responsibility for the development of "Operations Management" and "Mission Operations" activities, moreover it has been Deputy Team Leader with regard to SHARAD scientific activity.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Credit NASA)

This composite graphic illustrates the use of the Shallow Radar instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for mapping underground ice-rich layers of the north polar layered terrain on Mars. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Rome/Southwest Research Institute/University of Arizona)

SHARAD is an innovative low frequency, Ground Penetrating, Synthetic Aperture radar altimeter, designed and funded by the Italian Space Agency for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter NASA mission, complementary to MARSIS radar of ESA Mars Express mission, as it has been conceived and realized just to answer to the questions aroused after the previous missions.

SHARAD meets particular requirements which allow to fulfil the tasks of NASA strategy for this project ("Follow the water").

In fact SHARAD:

The project has started in 2009 and ended in 2013.

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For further information please contact:

Stefania Mattei
Phone 081 5935101

"Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter"  NASA mission has left in August 2005. This innovative scientific orbiter has arrived in Mars orbit in March 2006 to carry on a mission which will end in December 2010, although NASA has already announced that the orbiter will be able to continue providing relay services for as much as another 5 years beyond its planned end date.
Onboard the spacecraft there are six instruments: High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), Context Camera (CTX), Mars Color Imager (MARCI), Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), Mars Climate Sounder (MCS), e the Shallow Radar (SHARAD).
They will analyze in depth the surface, the subsurface and the atmosphere of Mars and identify sites for future landing on the Red Planet.