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Sample selection and collection tools - Illustration


2016-10-28 - From October 31 to November 18, 2016, the Canadian Space Agency is leading a Mars sample return simulation in the Utah desert in order to train tomorrow's planetary space explorers. Students from five Canadian universities will develop a science plan to identify and characterize rocks that may contain signs of life. Two rovers will be used as part of this mission simulation. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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The infographic shows a photo of a rover used to select and collect samples of rock and soil. The rover's components are described as follows.

Collects samples of rock and soil.

3D microscope
Helps select the best place to take a sample using very high-resolution images of the ground.

Stereoscopic camera
Provides information on the terrain and acts as the robot's eyes.

Scientific camera
Provides very precise scientific data on the environment (e.g., soil colour) so that the instruments can be positioned correctly before a sample is taken.

Takes digital 3D images of the rover's immediate environment.

Solar panels
Power the rover's instruments.

Ventral camera
Helps with navigating and avoiding obstacles, and supports scientific activities.

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File size: 0.17 MB
Image size: 1200 x 900 pixels
Resolution: 96 dpi

Photo taken on October 28, 2016

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