The Los Alamos National Lab's Nina Lanza, a staff scientist on the Curiosity Rover's ChemCam team joins Jake to tell us about how the instrument works. She shares the discovery of a high concentration of manganese which hints at a Martian past with a lot more oxygen.
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The Mars Curiosity Rover has an impressive suite of instruments, but none incite as much excitement as ChemCam, a laser/camera combo that vaporizes rocks and analyzes their components. ChemCam is firing more than it ever has before, and Nina Lanza, a staff scientist on its team, is helping make some pretty remarkable discoveries with it. On this episode, Nina tells us about a high concentration of manganese recently uncovered that tells us a lot about Mars' past, and suggests that it might have been complete with a lot more oxygen than we initially thought.
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