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Title: ChemCam rock laser for Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity"

Los Alamos has a long history of space-related instruments, tied primarily to its role in defense-related treaty verification. Space-based detectors have helped determine the differences between signamore »ls from lightning bolts and potential nuclear explosions. LANL-developed gamma-ray detection instruments first revealed the existence of what we now know as gamma-ray bursts, an exciting area of astrophysical research. And the use of LANL instruments on varied space missions continues with such products as the ChemCam rock laser for NASA, shown here. The Engineering Model of the ChemCam Mars Science Laboratory rover instrument arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on February 6, 2008. The Flight Model was shipped in August, 2010 for installation on the rover at JPL. ChemCam will use imaging and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to determine rock and soil compositions on Mars, up to 9 meters from the rover. The engineering model is being integrated into the rover test bed for the development and testing of the rover software. The actual flight model components were concurrently assembled at Los Alamos and in Toulouse, France. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch in 2011. Animations courtesy of JPL/NASA.« less
Title: ChemCam rock laser for Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity"
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Publication Date: 2010-09-03
OSTI Identifier: 1149453
Resource Type: Multimedia
Research Org: LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States))
Sponsoring Org: USDOE
Subject: 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS ; SPACE ; MARS ; MSL MISSION ; NASA ; MARS ROVER ; CHEM CHAM ; ROCKS ; GEOLOGY ; SHUTTLE
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 0:02:09
System Entry Date: 2018-02-06