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  • 2013 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - International Quantum Electronics Conference
  • (Optica Publishing Group, 2013),
  • paper CA_P_32

First Results of ChemCam on Mars and Further Laser Developments for New Space Programs

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Curiosity, the Martian Rover developed by NASA for MSL mission, landed on Mars on the 6th August 2012. ChemCam is one of the two instruments of Curiosity partially developed in France. It is a LIBS Instrument, whose goal is to analyse the chemical composition of Martian rocks. Performance of the instrument on Mars is conformed to what was expected. Figure 1 shows the very first functional demonstration of ChemCam on Mars.

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