Heat capacity is a fundamental parameter that determines – together with thermal conductivity and density – the temperature response of a material to solar heating, and it is therefore an important input parameter for the interpretation of thermal infrared data returned by spacecraft and landers. DLR is participating in JAXA‘s Martian Moons Exploration Mission (MMX) to Phobos and Deimos and the Institute of Planetary Research is providing an infrared radiometer as a mission payload. The instrument will be accommodated on the MMX rover, which will investigate the surface of Phobos in situ and determine surface temperatures and regolith thermophysical properties during the rover‘s traverse. In preparation of mission data analysis, the goal of this internship / thesis is to build a database of thermal properties of meteorite samples and analogue materials.
Dr. Matthias Grott (Matthias.Grott@dlr.de)