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Measurements of the WISDOM prototype (Mount Etna)

Date: 24 June 2011
Depicts: Fine layering mapped by the WISDOM prototype in a pyroclastic environment, October 2010.
Location: Mount Etna, Italy
Copyright: LATMOS

WISDOM (Water Ice and Subsurface Deposit Observation on Mars) is a subsurface sounding radar, and forms part of the ExoMars rover instrument suite. WISDOM will provide a detailed view of the structure of the subsurface of the Red Planet by studying the upper layers of the Martian crust.

A prototype of the flight model, representative in terms of design, size, mass and power, has been developed. It has been tested successfully in a laboratory environment by sounding known targets (plates and spheres) to validate its design specifications and verify its functionality.

A series of tests in a variety of complex environments and simulated Martian conditions began at the end of 2010, with a field test in Mount Etna, Italy. The prototype successfully mapped the layers of the shallow subsurface. This image shows an example of fine layering mapped by the WISDOM prototype on a pyroclastic environment (which is analogous to the volcanic materials on Mars) during a test in October 2010 at Mount Etna.

Last Update: 12 October 2015

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