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Curiosity probes Mars with army of sensors

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Sample Analysis at Mars instrument

The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, largest of the 10 science instruments for Curiosity's mission, will examine samples of Martian rocks, soil and atmosphere for information about chemicals that are important to life and other chemical indicators about past and present environments.
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

First X-ray

Martial soil

The results of the first analysis of Martian soil by the Chemistry and Mineralogy experiment on the Curiosity rover. The image reveals the presence of crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material. The soil sample, taken from a wind-blown deposit within Gale Crater, where the rover landed, is similar to volcanic soils in Hawaii. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ames

Mars imager

Mars Hand Lens Imager

The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the Curiosity rover, with the Martian landscape in the background. The image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera on Sept. 7. MAHLI, with its LED lights on, can be seen in the middle of the picture. NASA said scientists and engineers imaged MAHLI to inspect its dust cover and check that its LED lights are functional.
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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