News tagged with spectrometer

Curiosity's laser leaves its mark

Curiosity's head-mounted ChemCam did a little target practice on August 25, blasting millimeter-sized holes in a soil sample named "Beechey" in order to acquire spectrographic data from the resulting plasma glow. The neat ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Take a look through Curiosity's ChemCam

While Curiosity has been getting a good look around its landing spot on Mars, taking in the sights and sending back some impressive views of distant hills and Gale Crater's enormous central peak, it's also been peering very ...

dateAug 23, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Developing miniaturized spectrometer-on-a-chip

( -- The Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) is big. It's powerful and it discovered, among other things, that Saturn's mysterious moon Enceladus was one of the very few worlds in the solar system that radiated ...

dateAug 03, 2012 in General Physics
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Dawn easing into its final science orbit

( -- After successfully completing nearly five months scrutinizing the giant asteroid Vesta at its lowest orbit altitude, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin its final major science data-gathering phase at Vesta on ...

dateJun 15, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Rapid testing of food quality

Whether fruit, meat or cheese - the quality of food is not always as consumers would like it to be. But, in future, a spectrometer will allow them to gage the quality of food before they buy it. No bigger than a sugar cube, ...

dateMay 09, 2012 in Engineering
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Cassini, Saturn Moon Photographer

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flew by Saturn's moons Enceladus and Dione during close flybys on May 2, 2012, capturing these raw images. The flybys were the last close encounters of these icy moons that Cassini will ...

dateMay 03, 2012 in Space Exploration
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