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The Seventh Moscow Solar System Symposium (7M-S3)


The Seventh Moscow Solar System Symposium was organized at the Space Research Institute in Moscow (IKI) on 9-14 October 2016.

MIIGAiK Extraterrestrial Laboratory (MExLab) presented the results of works, including planetary research ("Research of fundamental geodetic parameters and relief of planets and satellites") under support of the Russian Science Foundation (project # 14-22-00197).

Results of project are used for future Russian missions’ preparation. MExLab team participated in the special sections devoted to planning the landing mission Luna-Glob (Luna-25) and orbital mission Luna-Resurs (Luna-26). Various data products were created using the algorithm of automated processing and estimation of the surface morphometric parameters developed by PhD student Alexander Kokhanov.  The list of products, which were presented at the  7M-S3, includes: maps of slopes, roughness, impact cratering, Sun illumination and radio visibility of the Earth. All these products help to estimate the landing sites for Luna-25 future mission at local level of details. At the poster session (10, 12 October) examples of proposed products, obtained from orbital images based on photogrammetric methods for stereo-processing of the planned mission Luna-26, have been presented.

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а) Researcher of MExLab Anatoliy Zubarev told about planning of shot for the future Russian Mission Luna-Resurs (Luna-26) based on the objectives of stereo photogrammetric processing b) Lead Programmer Andrew Garov on the special section about preparation and planning of the mission Luna-Resurs (Luna-26).

At the 7M-S3 James Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters, presented overview of current and future missions. He emphasized the importance of international cooperation in planetary research. For example, NASA is planning mission to the Phobos - unique body of the Solar system, as well as other space agencies (ESA, JAXA, ROSCOSMOS). At the conference the leading scientist Jürgen Oberst and the head of the MExLab Irina Karachevtseva presented to James Green the new Phobos Atlas (2015), which contains 43 maps of Martian satellite and can be used for planning of future missions. Earlier in April 2016 at Phobos MMX Science Workshop in Berlin. the Phobos Atlas was presented to Masaki Fujimoto – Principal Investigator of MMX (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA) and to european colleagues participating in the MMX project (Mars Moon eXploration).

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