Summary: Sample Analysis at Mars
SAM will explore the potential for life on Mars.
Scientific Goals and Objectives
The SAM Quests address three imperatives of Mars
exploration that lead to six science goals:
Carbon Quest. What does the inventory of carbon
compounds near Mars' surface tell us about its potential
Goal 1: Identify carbon compounds, their sources, and
their transformational processes.
Goal 2: Focus on detecting molecules that are relevant
to terrestrial life.
Water Quest. What do the water-shaped geochemical
conditions and processes at Mars tell us about its
Goal 3: Determine chemical states of key light
Goal 4: Analyze volatiles that trace aqueous and