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Tucked inside the Curiosity rover is a miniature chemistry lab designed to unlock the secrets of Mars with Canadian content. Principal Investigator Paul Mahaffy, Deputy Principal Investigator Pamela Conrad, and MSL Participating Scientist Jennifer Eigenbrode discuss their work on SAM, the Sample Analysis at Mars, and its mission to the figure out the past and present chemistry of the Red Planet.
Learn about Canada's contribution to the instrument payload, the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) provided by MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates and funded by the Canadian Space Agency here. Teledyne Dalsa of Waterloo, ON, provided advanced image sensors for the Curiosity's Navcams and Hazcams that were built in its Bromont, QC, semiconductor foundry.
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