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Gogblogcast #4: Sample Analysis at Mars Open House: getting to know you, getting to know all about you. . .

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment


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The Goddard community began the process of saying good-bye to the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument with an open house event. SAM will soon be off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to be installed on the Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity.” If all goes according to plan, the Mini Cooper-sized robot will blast off to Mars in 2011 and land in August 2012.

SAM contains a suite of three instruments that will search for compounds of the element carbon, including methane, that are associated with life and explore ways in which they are generated and destroyed on Mars. The instruments, developed by an international team, all came together at Goddard and underwent rigorous testing. Goddard people will play a key role in operating and supporting SAM when it reaches the Red Planet and starts roving.

So long, SAM! Safe journey.

Pan Conrad, SAM Deputy Principal Investigator, gives an overview of the Curiosity rover and the SAM instrument suite.

Pan Conrad, SAM Deputy Principal Investigator, gives an overview of the Curiosity rover.


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