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11 Cool Tools NASA Curiosity Brought To Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has a toolbox to make any gadget-lover jealous. Check out our drill-down on the instruments helping determine whether microbial life ever existed on the red planet.
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These two images captured by Curiosity's navigation camera show the inlet covers for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument opening and closing. The SAM suite--which includes a mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, and tunable laser spectrometer--takes up more than half the rover's science payload. SAM's primary goal is to check for carbon-containing compounds called organic molecules; these compounds make up the building blocks of life on Earth. Image credit: NASA

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10/16/2012 | 6:52:36 AM
re: 11 Cool Tools NASA Curiosity Brought To Mars
Just wait until they send the second rover up to Mars with all the upgrades and changes the discovered form the first trials. With as many cameras as Curiosity has it is sure to monitor some better uses for the tools they currently , plus some new ideas for the next trip and future tools. The capabilities of these cameras is amazing from chemical analyzing to communicating images back to us for our viewing pleasure, so they also work almost like a phone home.This machine is truly state of the art, and although grabbing a rock to analyze might not seem like a big deal, when the rock that was selected was selected due to the Alpha Particle Xray feature, then grabbing rocks becomes pretty interesting topic

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