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Mass Spectrometry 101

What do you do if you have a sample from another planet, and you want to find out if it contains a certain molecule...maybe even one that will reveal that the planet can sustain life? When scientists face a situation like this, they employ an amazing tool: the mass spectrometer. It does the hard work of separating out materials, allowing scientists to look very closely at a sample and see what's inside. Learn more about this tool in the video and animation below!
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This short video explains the basics of the quadrupole mass spectrometer.    This short video explains the basics of the quadrupole mass spectrometer.

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Duration: 2.5 minutes
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This silent animation depicts a sample moving through the quadrupole mass spectrometer.    This silent animation depicts a sample moving through the quadrupole mass spectrometer.
Duration: 1.9 minutes
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This silent animation depicts a sample moving through the quadrupole mass spectrometer. THIS VERSION HAS NO TEXT LABELS.    This silent animation depicts a sample moving through the quadrupole mass spectrometer. THIS VERSION HAS NO TEXT LABELS.
Duration: 1.8 minutes
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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10620
Animation Number:10620
Completed:2010-07-20
Animators:Walt Feimer (HTSI) (Lead)
 Chris Smith (HTSI)
Video Editor:Chris Smith (HTSI)
Producer:Chris Smith (HTSI)
Scientists:Jason Dworkin (NASA/GSFC)
 Jamie Cook (NASA/GSFC)
 William Brinckerhoff (NASA/GSFC)
 Jennifer Eigenbrode (NASA/GSFC)
Videographers:Chris Meaney (HTSI)
 Victoria Weeks (HTSI)
Writer:Chris Smith (HTSI)
Series:Narrated Movies
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Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Mass Spectrometry
SVS >> Planetary Science
 
 


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