Science and Exploration of Phobos and Deimos

The “Science and Exploration of Phobos and Deimos” series was sponsored jointly by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and the SSERVI teams at University of Central FL (CLASS) and Brown University/MIT (SEEED) with many SSERVI-affiliated institutions participating. A major goal of the course is to identify significant outstanding questions and exploration goals for robotic and human exploration of Phobos and Deimos. These bodies are of particular interest as waystations or potential resources on the road to the surface of Mars. The class will held M&W at 3-4:15 pm. The core content will be 13 lectures given by leaders in the field. The format provides an opportunity for questions and discussion. The lectures will be accessible through Adobe Connect in real-time and will be recorded for on-line reference. All lectures will be held on Mondays at 3 pm EDT/EST [50 min lecture + 30 min discussion]. Wednesday sessions will be additional student-lead presentations related to the subject of the Monday lecture with additional detailed discussion.


DRAFT schedule:
Sept 14: Introduction [discovery, physical properties, orbit…]; Dan Britt
Sept 21: The Age and Cratering History of Phobos; N. Schmedemann
Sept 28: The Formation & Effects of Stickney Impact on Phobos; K. Ramsley
Oct 5: The Character and Origin of Phobos’ Grooves; J. Murray 
Oct 12: Ambiguity of Compositional Data for Phobos and Deimos; A. Rivkin/R. Klima
Oct 19: Geology and Geomorphology of Phobos and Deimos; S. Basilevsky
Oct 26: Origin of Phobos: Capture; J. Burns 
Nov 2: Origin of Phobos: Co-accretion, Big Impact; R. Canup 
Nov 9: Microgravity Within Mars’ Gravity Well; D. Scheeres
Nov 16: Properties of Meteorite Analogues; C. Herd
Nov 23: Space Weathering and Regolith, Dust; C. Pieters/M. Horanyi
Nov 30: Phobos-Deimos ISRU; P. Metzer/R. Mueller
Dec 7: Phobos as an Exploration Destination and Base for Mars Exploration; M. Gernhardt 

A short biography for each speaker and recommended reading list for each topic is posted at: