Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Top Science of 2013

Our strong interdisciplinary teaming and unique research facilities allow us to develop solutions to complex problems, and to support partners and collaborators, all with the goal of strengthening national security and making a safer world.

ChemCam inspects Mars: can it support life?


ChemCam's instrumentation aboard the Mars Science Lab’s rover Curiosity has made all sorts of discoveries. ChemCam found evidence of lots of water in the planet’s past and enough water presently to possibly sustain future astronauts.

This instrument zaps rocks with a high-powered laser to determine their composition and carries a camera that surveys Mars, uncovering clues about the environment and climate, surveying geography and collecting data for a manned mission.