Next Mars rover will carry a laser

Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Dec 23, 2010 NASA says its next Mars rover will be equipped with a rock-zapping laser able to analyze the chemical composition of rocks and soil from more than 20 feet away. The Chemistry and Camera instrument being installed on the rover Curiosity can hit rocks with a laser powerful enough to turn a pinhead-size sample into a glowing, ionized gas that the instrument will observe through a telescope


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