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SPADE: A Rock Crushing and Sample Handling System Developed for Mars MissionsAccess to the interior of rocks on Mars is an important goal for understanding Mars petrology and geologic history. The spectral signature of the potentially diverse mineralogy of rocks on Mars is veiled by the ubiquitous dust and may be further hidden by weathered rind. We have developed a rock crusher and sample distribution system under the auspices of NASA s PIDDP program. We call it the SPADE : the Sample Processing and Distribution Experiment. Its purpose is to access the interiors of rocks on Mars and prepare samples for analysis by a suite of in situ instruments.
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Conference Paper
Hansen, Candice J.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Paige, David A.
(California Univ. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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