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!
This silent animation depicts a sample moving through the quadrupole mass spectrometer. THIS VERSION HAS NO TEXT LABELS.
Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator Chris Smith (HTSI): Animator Chris Smith (HTSI): Video Editor Chris Smith (HTSI): Producer Jason Dworkin (NASA/GSFC): Scientist Jamie Cook (NASA/GSFC): Scientist William Brinckerhoff (NASA/GSFC): Scientist Jennifer Eigenbrode (NASA/GSFC): Scientist Chris Meaney (HTSI): Videographer Victoria Weeks (HTSI): Videographer Chris Smith (HTSI): Writer
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