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Triston Lab Report

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Triton is the largest satellite that orbits the planet Neptune. The surface of Triton is riddled with cryovolcanoes that emit volatiles such as water, ammonia, or methane, instead of the molten rock that volcanoes on Earth emit. It has an atmospheric pressure of 14 μbar (1/70,000th of Earth’s surface pressure) and a gravitational constant of -0.779 m/s2. The average surface wind speeds are 5-15m/s, and the average temperature is 35 K. T.R.A.C.E. was presented with the opportunity to design a scientific expedition to Triton. The purpose of this mission is to determine whether life-supporting elements exist on Triton The probe that was designed for the mission is essentially a kamikaze sled. The sled will be equipped with an internal mass spectrometer…show more content…
The planned path of the Slider will allow the team to observe the elemental makeup of various aspects of the moon, including the surface, interior, and gases comprising the cryovolcano plume. The mass spectrometer will detect the amount of these life-supporting elements present in each of these areas.
Other instruments will be placed inside the Triton Slider to support the internal mass spectrometer and provide information on the Triton Slider’s location. An inertial measurement unit will be utilized to record the acceleration of the Slider, which will be used to determine the general location of the Slider on Triton. A computer, transmitter, and antenna will also be included to record the information and relay it back to the Neptune Orbiter/Triton Explorer (NOTE) orbiter and Earth.
A NOTE probe has several constraints that must be met before the probe is considered for the NOTE mission. The mass of the payload cannot exceed 10 kilograms. The volume when stowed has maximum dimensions of 44 x 24 x 28 cubic cm. The probe cannot harm the main spacecraft at any point during the mission, and the payload must be able to survive Triton’s
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came up with two different concepts to fulfill the designated science objective. Concept 1, the Triton Slider, is a probe resembling a sled propelled by a compressed spring. The Triton Slider is powered with batteries and equipped with an internal mass spectrometer to detect the elements comprising the surface of the moon and the cryovolcano plume. The Triton Slider is housed in a fiberglass box and insulated with aerogel. These substances were chosen for their low density, excellent insulation properties, and durability. The probe will slide across the surface of Triton, then fall into a cryovolcano. This process will result in readings from a wide variety of locations on
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