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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation onboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover is designed to investigate the chemical and isotopic composition of the Martian atmosphere and volatiles extracted from powdered solid surface samples. It will conduct a sensitive search for organic compounds and measure the isotopic composition of carbonaceous material. SAM's investigations support the mission goal of quantitatively assessing the habitability of Mars, an essential step in the search for past or present life on Mars, with investigations in Gale Crater.
Originally posted by Lucas73
NASA is about to make the Mars rover announcement very soon, maybe in the next hour I think. Also news just released that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant. Somehow these things must be related because they are being announced at the same time.
NASA is the biggest waste of tax payers money, first they claim they have earth shaking something and a few days later what we get to hear? Oh its nothing Ground earth shaking.
And now NASA is asking another billion to make a new Rover.