Mars Science Laboratory instruments



SAM: Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite

Principal investigator: Paul Mahaffy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


SAM is a suite of instruments that will be onboard the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory. It is an international collaboration with components from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Paris, and Honeybee Robotics.

The general idea is that MSL's robotic arm will pick up and deliver rock and soil samples to a highly sophisticated science laboratory, which will be located inside the front part of the rover.




Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite development is being led by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

SAM website, Atmospheric Experiments Laboratory at GSFC


SAM in the news:

 "State-of-the-Art Mineralogy For Mars", May, 2005, Space Daily
 "Looking for Life on Mars: Geophysical Lab Scientists Participate in NASA’s Mobile Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) "
"NASA selects SAM Instruments for the Mars Science Laboratory", Dec. 2004, Carnegie Institute of Washington, NASA Astrobiology Institute



Honeybee Robotics - Sample Process ing, Manipulation & Containment

Honeybee Robotics - Corer-Abrader Tool

Technology Development toward Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)




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