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Field deployment of a portable X-ray diffraction/X-ray flourescence instrument on Mars analog terrain

  • P. Sarrazin (a1), D. Blake (a2), S. Feldman (a2), S. Chipera (a3), D. Vaniman (a3) and D. Bish (a4)
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CheMin is a miniature X-ray diffraction/X-ray fluorescence instrument that is included in the payload of the Mars 2009 Mars Science Laboratory mission. A portable CheMin prototype was built to test the capability of the instrument for remote in situ mineralogical characterization of geological materials. The instrument was successfully deployed at a variety of Mars analog sites in Death Valley, CA, in May 2004.

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