Rover Senses Bound Water
December 16, 2004
This graph, consisting of data acquired on Mars from the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's mini-thermal emission spectrometer, shows the light, or spectral, signature of an as-of-yet unidentified mineral that contains bound water in its crystal structure. Minerals such as gypsum and zeolites are possible candidates.
Topics: Mars Exploration Rover, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Spirit, Environment, Thermal infrared spectroscopy, Mini-TES, Zeolite, Spectrometers, Scientific information from the Mars Exploration Rover mission, Spirit rover, Mars