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        Curiosity: A Robotic Geologist

        In this video excerpt from NOVA: “Ultimate Mars Challenge,” learn how NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is helping scientists determine whether Mars has ever been habitable. Curiosity, MSL’s rover, is equipped with a suite of advanced instruments such as the Mars Hand Lens Imager, 17 cameras, a laser, and a drill. There are also two onboard laboratories to analyze rock and soil samples and to test for organic compounds. Field geologist John Grotzinger describes how the tools on the rover correspond to the tools a geologist might use to study materials on Earth. In addition, animations show how some of the rover’s instruments function.

         

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