When NASA’s rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars last August, it opened a new chapter in space exploration: the use of laser-based instruments to probe the surface of other planets. The nearly one-ton rover was designed to be a laboratory on wheels that is capable of doing sophisticated analyses on rough terrain.
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Noureddine Melikechi, Roger Wiens, Horton Newsom, and Sylvestre Maurice, "Zapping Mars: Using Lasers to Determine the Chemistry of the Red Planet," Optics & Photonics News 24(1), 26-33 (2013)
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