Learn more about how SAM analyzes Martian samples by watching this video!
NASA's Curiosity rover analyzed its first solid sample of Mars with a variety of instruments, including the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite. Developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., SAM is a portable chemistry lab tucked inside the Curiosity rover. SAM examines the chemistry of samples it ingests, checking particularly for chemistry relevant to whether an environment can support or could have supported life. Learn more about how SAM processes samples by watching this video!
Chris Smith (HTSI): Lead Animator Chris Smith (HTSI): Video Editor Florence Tan (NASA/GSFC): Interviewee Chris Smith (HTSI): Producer Paul Mahaffy (NASA/GSFC): Scientist Chris Smith (HTSI): Videographer
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