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Determining Mineralogy on Mars with the CheMin X-Ray Diffractometer
University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Department of Geology, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6479-2236
2015 (English)In: Elements, ISSN 1811-5209, E-ISSN 1811-5217, Vol. 11, no 1, 45-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The rover Curiosity is conducting X-ray diffraction experiments on the surface of Mars using the CheMin instrument. The analyses enable identification of the major and minor minerals, providing insight into the conditions under which the samples were formed or altered and, in turn, into past habitable environments on Mars. The CheMin instrument was developed over a twenty-year period, mainly through the efforts of scientists and engineers from NASA and DOE. Results from the first four experiments, at the Rocknest, John Klein, Cumberland, and Windjana sites, have been received and interpreted. The observed mineral assemblages are consistent with an environment hospitable to Earth-like life, if it existed on Mars.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 1, 45-50 p.
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Atmospheric science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2982DOI: 10.2113/gselements.11.1.45Local ID: 0baf5f8f-1061-49b7-8c46-c237a264f011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-2982DiVA: diva2:975837
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Godkänd; 2015; Bibliografisk uppgift: Javier Martin-Torres ingår i MSL Science Team.; 20150303 (javmar)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved

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