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Technologies for Compositional Analysis and Mapping


This topic addresses the need for low mass, low power technologies that support in situ compositional analysis and mapping. Two areas are of particular interest: micro-scale analysis and mapping of the mineralogy, organic compounds, chemistry and elemental composition of planetary materials, related to rock fabrics and textures; and remote mapping of geologic outcrops and features. Such technologies are particularly relevant for the planned Mars 2018 rover mission, but may also be proposed to future landed missions to the Moon, comets, asteroids, Europa, Titan, and other planetary bodies.
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