What Does the SAM Unit on the Mars Rover Do?
The big news from Mars these days is the Mars Curiosity Rover which is currently rolling around the surface poking at rocks and just making headlines every time it does anything. At the heart of our little roving friend, and one of the main points of the operation is a device called SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars.) This guy, was one of the last instruments turned on on the rover and NASA got so excited when it started returning data that they are refusing to tell anyone what the found. But, what the hell is SAM and why is it so exciting?
|Curiosity: SAM is in the lower front|