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Title: Uncovering the Mysteries of Mars Habitability

Abstract

Los Alamos scientists are uncovering clues about the habitability of ancient Mars using the ChemCam instrument that sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. ChemCam has discovered 25 different elements on Mars—including manganese and boron—providing important information about conditions that could potentially have supported life on the Red Planet. Los Alamos is now developing a new instrument called SuperCam that will ride aboard the Mars 2020 rover and provide greater detail about the mineralogy and the presence of compounds related to the possibility of life on the surface of Mars.

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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1378472
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; LANL; CHEMCAM; SUPERCAM; LASER; CURIOSITY ROVER; MARS; MARS 2020; GALE CRATER; BORON; ELEMENTS; HABITABILITY

Citation Formats

Wiens, Roger, Lanza, Nina, Clegg, Sam, and Gasda, Patr. Uncovering the Mysteries of Mars Habitability. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Wiens, Roger, Lanza, Nina, Clegg, Sam, & Gasda, Patr. Uncovering the Mysteries of Mars Habitability. United States.
Wiens, Roger, Lanza, Nina, Clegg, Sam, and Gasda, Patr. Tue . "Uncovering the Mysteries of Mars Habitability". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1378472.
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title = {Uncovering the Mysteries of Mars Habitability},
author = {Wiens, Roger and Lanza, Nina and Clegg, Sam and Gasda, Patr},
abstractNote = {Los Alamos scientists are uncovering clues about the habitability of ancient Mars using the ChemCam instrument that sits atop NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. ChemCam has discovered 25 different elements on Mars—including manganese and boron—providing important information about conditions that could potentially have supported life on the Red Planet. Los Alamos is now developing a new instrument called SuperCam that will ride aboard the Mars 2020 rover and provide greater detail about the mineralogy and the presence of compounds related to the possibility of life on the surface of Mars.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Sep 05 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Tue Sep 05 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
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