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Planetary Radio Glaciology

Adapting and expanding terrestrial radio glaciology to the exploration of icy moons.

The exploration of icy moons using ice penetrating radar shares many observational approaches and geophysical questions with terrestrial radio glaciology. Despite these significant theoretical and technical commonalities between airborne and satellite radar sounders, the limitations in power, processing, and data volume make the collection and interpretation of planetary radar sounding data a distinct challenge. Through membership on the REASON (Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near Surface, Europa Clipper Mission, NASA) and Mini RF (Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Mission, NASA) Science Teams as well as active collaboration on RIME (Radar for Icy Moon Exploration, JUICE MIssion, ESA) we work to develop and adapt novel observation and analysis techniques to maximize the scientific return from these missions.  We often find that these highly optimized approaches are very powerful when applied to the comparatively data and signal rich observations of terrestrial ice sheets.

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