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Title: ChemCam Rock Laser for the Mars Science Laboratory

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. 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 are concurrently being assembled at Los Alamos and in Toulouse, France, and will be delivered to JPL in July. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch in 2011. Animations courtesy of JPL/NASA.« less
Title: ChemCam Rock Laser for the Mars Science Laboratory
Publication Date: 2008-03-24
OSTI Identifier: 987110
Other Number(s): Other: ChemCam Rock Laser for the Mars Science Laboratory
Resource Type: Multimedia
Specific Type: Multimedia Presentation
Subject: 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS ; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION ; CHEMCAM ; REMOTE SENSING ; MARS ; JPL ; LOS ALAMOS ; NASA ; MSL ; LASER ; LIBS ; ROVER ; SPACE
Publisher: YouTube LANL
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 0:02:11
System Entry Date: 2018-08-15