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Rapid Optical Characterization Suite for in situ Target Analysis of Rock Surfaces (ROCSTAR)

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Rapid Optical Characterization Suite for in situ Target Analysis of Rock Surfaces (ROCSTAR)

In this project, we develop an in situ instrument suite that can accomplish rapid mineral and molecular identification without sample preparation for in situ planetary exploration.

 

ROCSTAR is an in situ instrument suite that can accomplish rapid mineral and molecular identification without sample preparation for in situ planetary exploration; inform the investigation with regard to trace element geochemical deviation from end member stioichiometry; operation as a spectroscopic imager for chemical mapping. It includes dual wavelength Raman spectroscopy, 380 - 2500 nm reflectance spectroscopy, visual imagery and thermal measurements.

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