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Los Alamos Technology on Mars

The Lab has explored space for more than 50 years and prompted many discoveries. Learn about our newest instruments aboard the Curiosity Rover and learn more about the red planet.

Curious about Mars and if life ever existed on the planet? Now you can learn all about the Red Planet and the Los Alamos technologies on board the Curiosity rover exploring Mars.

Update: This exhibit is now on display in Almogordo, NM, at the New Mexico Museum of Space History.

Travel to Mars

Curious about Mars and if life ever existed on the planet? Now you can learn all about the Red Planet and the Los Alamos technologies on board the Curiosity rover exploring Mars.

The Curiosity rover, the centerpiece of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, has three Los Alamos technologies helping investigate whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting life.

Lab Technology on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has three Los Alamos technologies aboard including the ChemCam, CheMin and radioisotope batteries.

Los Alamos ChemCam Team
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Los Alamos ChemCam Team

ChemCam

The rock-zapping laser helps characterize the make-up of Mars rocks and soil.

CheMin

The X-ray diffraction instrument determines the composition of mineral samples collected and dropped into a funnel on the Curiosity rover.

Los Alamos ChemCam Team
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Curiosity's CheMin X-Ray Instrument First Results

Multi-mission radioisotope thermoelectric generator

The tiny plutonium canisters that provide heat and power sources for the car-sized rover.

Follow the Rover’s Discoveries

The rover and the LANL instruments make new discoveries and take new photos of Mars everyday. You can follow the latest discoveries here:

Mail a postcard from Mars

Los Alamos on Mars postcard

Download the postcard (pdf).