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Title: Tumbleweed: A New Paradigm for Surveying the Surface of Mars
Primary Author: Kimberly R. Kuhlman
Secondary Author(s): Alberto Behar, Jack Jones, Penelope Boston, Jeffrey Antol, Gregory Hajos, Warren Kelliher, Max Coleman, Ronald Crawford, Lynn Rothschild, Martin Buehler, Greg Bearman, Daniel W. Wilson, Christopher P. McKay
Institution: Planetary Science Institute
Summary: Tumbleweeds are lightweight, highly configurable and inexpensive wind-driven vehicles that could enable long-range surveys of the surface of Mars. Their analytical capabilities can be optimized for measurements for astrobiology or in situ resources over relatively large swaths of terrain.
Panel Selection: Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos.
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