SNOOPY: Student nanoexperiments for outreach and observational planetary inquiry

Kimberly R. Kuhlman, Michael H. Hecht, David E. Brinza, Jason E. Feldman, Stephen D. Fuerstenau, Louis Friedman, Linda Kelly, Jeffery Oslick, Kevin Polk, Lucas E. Moller, Kelly Trowbridge, Jessica Sherman, Adam Marshall, Andre Luis Diaz, Anna Waldron, Collin Lewis, Csaba Gyulai, George Powell, T. Meloy, P. Smith

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Student nanoexperiments for outreach and observational planetary inquiry (SNOOPY) is an example of directly involving students and teachers in planetary science missions. The SNOOPY Project evolved from the Mars Environmental Compatibility Assessment (MECA) Student Nanoexperiment Project, a partnership between MECA, The Planetary Society and Visionary Products, Inc. The MECA instrument suite, developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was scheduled for launch aboard the canceled Mars Surveyor Lander 2001. Students 18 years of age and younger were invited to propose experiments that were consistent with MECA's Mission: to help us better understand how humans will be able to live on Mars. Two nanoexperiments were chosen for flight, the Angle of Repose of Martian Dust and Contradistinctive Copper. These experiments addressed the behavior of windblown Martian dust on surfaces and the oxidation of copper. The SNOOPY paradigm for planetary science experiments could be used on a variety of future space exploration missions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2002 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2002Mar 16 2002

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Other2002 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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