The spectral parameter maps of Ceres from NASA/DAWN VIR data

1A.Frigeri et al. (>10)
Icarus (in Press) Link to Article [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2018.04.019]
1Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (IAPS), Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, Rome, Italy
Copyright Elsevier

This article presents the spectral parameter maps used in this Surface Composition of Ceres Special Issue. The definition and use of spectral parameters has always played a fundamental role in understanding the properties and composition of a planetary surface. Mapping proper spectral parameters, shows the global mineralogical diversity across Ceres. In this work, we discuss the production process of Ceres spectral parameter maps derived by the data of the Visible and Infrared mapping spectrometer onboard NASA’s Dawn mission. We describe the data processing of the VIR spectra and the procedure to retrieve the geometries (latitude, longitude and illumination angles) of the acquired data. Spectra and geometries are used to project and mosaic this data to produce Geographic Information System-compatible spectral parameters maps of Ceres. An overview of the variability of the data across the quadrangles is given, addressing the specific analysis to each quadrangle mapping paper included in this special issue.

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