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Zapping Mars: Using Lasers to Determine the Chemistry of the Red Planet

Noureddine Melikechi, Roger Wiens, Horton Newsom, and Sylvestre Maurice

Optics and Photonics News, Vol. 24, Issue 1, pp. 26-33 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPN.24.1.000026


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Abstract

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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(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown

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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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/opn/abstract.cfm?URI=opn-24-1-26


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