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Mars Science Laboratory instrument

Mars Science Laboratory instrument

C011/2444

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NASA / PL-CALTECH / LANL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / PL-CALTECH / LANL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption

Mars Science Laboratory instrument. Testing of the ChemCam instrument, that is fitted to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, Curiosity. ChemCam will be used to analyse soil and rocks. Here, a researcher is preparing the instrument's mast unit for a laser firing test. The laser will hit a sample in the instrument's sample chamber, vaporising material and creating a bright ball of plasma for analysis. The MSL was launched on 26th November 2011 and is due to land on Mars on 6th August 2012 on a mission to determine if Mars is, or was ever, able to support microbial life. Photographed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA.

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