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Curiosity Work Bench APXS MAHLI SAM CHEMIN
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Curiosity Work Bench APXS MAHLI SAM CHEMIN

March 28, 2013
Curiosity's Work Bench This engineering drawing shows various components needed to support tools at the end of the arm on NASA's Curiosity rover, including: calibration targets for helping instruments set their baseline levels; spare bits for the rover's drill; a sample "playground" that gives the rover a place to drop off processed samples for observation by the APXS and MAHLI instruments; three inlet covers, which protect the SAM and CheMin instruments from atmospheric dust; and a set of five "organic check material" canisters, which provide a known chemical makeup blank that can be drilled and provided to SAM as a calibration material. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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