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Determining Mineralogy on Mars with the CheMin X-Ray Diffractometer

Downs, R. T. and the MSL Science Team and DLR Collaborator (MSL Science Team), Reitz G. (2015) Determining Mineralogy on Mars with the CheMin X-Ray Diffractometer. Elements, 11 (1), pp. 45-50. GeoScienceWorld (Mineralogical Association of Canada). doi: 10.2113/gselements.11.1.45. ISSN 1811-5209.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gselements.11.1.45


The rover Curiosity is conducting X-ray diffraction experiments on the surface of Mars using the CheMin instrument. The analyses enable identification of the major and minor minerals, providing insight into the conditions under which the samples were formed or altered and, in turn, into past habitable environments on Mars. The CheMin instrument was developed over a twenty-year period, mainly through the efforts of scientists and engineers from NASA and DOE. Results from the first four experiments, at the Rocknest, John Klein, Cumberland, and Windjana sites, have been received and interpreted. The observed mineral assemblages are consistent with an environment hospitable to Earth-like life, if it existed on Mars.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99570/
Document Type:Article
Title:Determining Mineralogy on Mars with the CheMin X-Ray Diffractometer
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Downs, R. T. and the MSL Science TeamDepartment of Geosciences, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85721-0077, USA; rdowns (at) u.arizona.eduUNSPECIFIED
DLR Collaborator (MSL Science Team), Reitz G.Radiation Biology Department, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany.UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Elements
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.2113/gselements.11.1.45
Page Range:pp. 45-50
Publisher:GeoScienceWorld (Mineralogical Association of Canada)
Keywords:X-ray diffraction, Mars, Gale Crater, habitable environment, CheMin, Curiosity rover
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben MSL-Radiation (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:26 Nov 2015 15:16
Last Modified:10 May 2016 23:34

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