NASA’s FINESSE (Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science & Exploration) completed the project’s first field deployment in July 2014.
FINESSE team members conducted field work at Craters of the Moon (COTM) National Monument and Preserve in July 2014. COTM is a being used as a terrestrial analog to study volcanic constructs with similarities to volcanic features on the Moon. The team investigated multiple features at COTM focused on volcanic processes related to various types of cones, lava flows and tephra deposits. Science tasks focused on identifying and measuring ejecta blocks at King’s Bowl crater (GPS location, photographic documentation, weight, texture) and collecting samples for subsequent geochemistry analysis. Locations were also scouted for additional fieldwork later this summer to optimize the science plan as well as scout locations for subsequent exploration work including rover deployment and astronaut activities. The team is pleased to have such a productive start to the FINESSE field campaigns.