Scouting Mars: A Collaborative Methodology for Field Operations & Remote Science

Rocky Persaud

University of Toronto

Stacey Sklar

Northern Arizona University

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Abstract: During a Mars mission, astronauts will be communicating their research and observations to scientists back on earth. Remote Science Teams (RST) are currently fulfilling the role of the backroom scientists on earth in support of science teams at Mars analog sites worldwide. The main goal of our project is to discover the best approach to field operations, collaboration between field and remote teams, and data collection, storage, and analysis from both the Mars crews and the RST. We begin from basic scouting operations and determine the task and data requirements for each stage in documenting a common set of information from which basic geological analysis -- regolith-terrain mapping, structural geology, petrology and mineralogy -- can be accomplished. The Scouting Exploration Methodology Study (SEMS) is the first step into this project. It will eventually extend into more specialized science goals tailored

PROFILE: Rocky Persaud is pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto, developing geological models of sedimentary basins on Mars. He was a Science Collaborator on the Haughton-Mars Project, and was a crewmember of Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station during the 2001 field season. A member of several space advocacy groups, he was a director of the Canadian Space Society, a founding member of the Mars Society's Toronto Chapter, former editor of the Canadian Space Gazette, a delegate to the Space Generation Summit, and currently is Research Director (ex President) of the Mars Society of Canada. Before entering the field of planetary geology, Rocky obtained his first bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Rocky was co-coordinator and Principal Investigator for Expedition One at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah in 2003.

PROFILE: Stacy Sklar is currently attending Northern Arizona University studying Geochemistry. Stacy has been an active member of the Mars Society since the second convention in Denver (1999). She was apart of the scouting group looking for Mars analog sites for the MDRS in the American southwest. Stacy scouted locations in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah in 2000/2001. She also served as a crewmember of the shakedown crew during the Christmas break 2001, as a crewmember (rotation three) during a one-week rotation, spring break 2002, and as backroom geologist during Expedition One Feb/March 2003. During the 2004 MDRS field season Stacy has served as the RST Geologist for various crews including Crew 25 and Crew 29 were she created and implemented (along with Co-PI and fellow RST member Shannon Rupert)the Scouting Exploration Methodology Study (SEMS). Stacy also participated with the Mobile Agents Operation Readiness Test at NASA Ames. In her spare time she likes to hike, backpack, and walk around the grounds of Lowell Observatory looking at the stars.