10 Years On Mars: What Spirit & Opportunity Discovered
NASA's twin rovers have spent a decade on the red planet, using their scientific instruments and engineering cameras to explore rocks and soil.
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Each of the rovers was equipped with tools that allows it to explore the Red Planet. The panoramic camera (Pancam) is used to capture high-resolution color images with a stereoscopic camera pair that can rotate. The miniature thermal emission spectrometer (Mini-TES) analyzes infrared light to identify rock-forming minerals. It also measures atmospheric temperatures. The rock abrasion tool (RAT) is used to brush and grind rocks. The alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS) is used to measure the amount of chemical elements in rocks and soils. The Mossbauer spectrometer (MB) measures iron-bearing mineralogy of rocks and soils. The microscopic imager (MI) takes high-resolution images of the planet's small-scale features.
In this special, sponsored radio episode we’ll look at some terms around converged infrastructures and talk about how they’ve been applied in the past. Then we’ll turn to the present to see what’s changing.