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MSL chemistry and mineralogy X-ray diffraction X-ray fluorescence (CheMin) instrument

Show simple item record Zimmerman, Wayne Blake, Dave Harris, William Morookian, John Michael Randall, Dave Reder, Leonard J. Sarrazin, Phillipe 2016-08-23T23:06:30Z 2016-08-23T23:06:30Z 2013-03-02
dc.identifier.citation 2013 IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 2-9, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 13-0032
dc.description.abstract This paper provides an overview of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Chemistry and Mineralogy Xray Diffraction (XRD), X–ray Fluorescence (XRF) (CheMin) Instrument, an element of the landed Curiosity rover payload, which landed on Mars in August of 2012. The scientific goal of the MSL mission is to explore and quantitatively assess regions in Gale Crater as a potential habitat for life – past or present. The CheMin instrument will receive Martian rock and soil samples from the MSL Sample Acquisition/Sample Processing and Handling (SA/SPaH) system, and process it utilizing X-Ray spectroscopy methods to determine mineral composition. The Chemin instrument will analyze Martian soil and rocks to enable scientists to investigate geophysical processes occurring on Mars. The CheMin science objectives and proposed surface operations are described along with the CheMin hardware with an emphasis on the system engineering challenges associated with developing such a complex instrument. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013 en_US
dc.subject mineralogy en_US
dc.subject x-ray diffraction en_US
dc.subject sampling en_US
dc.subject sample chemistry en_US
dc.title MSL chemistry and mineralogy X-ray diffraction X-ray fluorescence (CheMin) instrument en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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