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Dr. Alicia Allbaugh - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mars Science Laboratory: Using Physics to Study Geology
102 Cardwell Hall
February 6, 2017
4:30 p.m.
 Alicia Allbaugh

The Mars Science Laboratory is named that because of instrumentation on the rover, some of which ingest martian samples and analyze them on-site. These instruments include analysis techniques that may be familiar: X-ray Diffraction, Laser Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Gas Chromatography, X-ray Spectrometry, Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, and Neutron Spectroscopy.  Ways in which these analysis methods are used to support geological theories will be presented.