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Title: ChemCam Rock Laser for the Mars Science Laboratory

Los Alamos has a long history of space-related instr... Los Alamos has a long history of space-related instruments, tied primarily to its role in defense-related treaty verification. Space-based detecmore »tors have helped determine the differences between signals 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 2009. Animations courtesy of JPL/NASA.« less
Title: ChemCam Rock Laser for the Mars Science Laboratory
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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: 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: 2016-01-28