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Micro-XRF : Elemental Analysis for In Situ Geology and Astrobiology ExplorationThe ability to make close-up measurements of rock chemistry is one of the most fundamental tools for astrobiological exploration of Mars and other rocky bodies of the solar system. When conducting surface-based exploration, lithochemical measurements provide critical data that enable interpretation of the local geology, which in turn is vital for determining habitability and searching for evidence of life. The value of lithochemical measurements for geological interpretations has been repeatedly demonstrated with virtually every landed Mars mission over the past four decades.
Document ID
20150005667
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Allwood, Abigail (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hodyss, Robert (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wade, Lawrence (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 15, 2015
Publication Date
October 10, 2012
Subject Category
Exobiology
Instrumentation and Photography
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions (IPM-2012)(Greenbelt, MD)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Mars
x-ray flourescence
instruments