Pods: a Powder Delivery System for Mars In-situ Organic, Mineralogic and Isotopic Analysis InstrumentsMany Mars in situ instruments require fine-grained high-fidelity samples of rocks or soil. Included are instruments for the determination of mineralogy as well as organic and isotopic chemistry. Powder can be obtained as a primary objective of a sample collection system (e.g., by collecting powder as a surface is abraded by a rotary abrasion tool (RAT)), or as a secondary objective (e.g, by collecting drill powder as a core is drilled). In the latter case, a properly designed system could be used to monitor drilling in real time as well as to deliver powder to analytical instruments which would perform complementary analyses to those later performed on the intact core. In addition, once a core or other sample is collected, a system that could transfer intelligently collected subsamples of power from the intact core to a suite of analytical instruments would be highly desirable. We have conceptualized, developed and tested a breadboard Powder Delivery System (PoDS) intended to satisfy the collection, processing and distribution requirements of powder samples for Mars in-situ mineralogic, organic and isotopic measurement instruments.
Saha, C. P. (Apparati, Inc. Mountain View, CA, United States)
Bryson, C. E. (Apparati, Inc. Mountain View, CA, United States)
Sarrazin, P. (In-Xitu Mountain View, CA, United States)
Blake, D. F. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
September 7, 2013
January 1, 2005
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 18