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All about the laser (and microphone) atop Mars 2020, NASA’s next rover

All About the Laser (and Microphone) Atop Mars 2020, NASA

Mars 2020’s mast, or “head,” includes a laser instrument called SuperCam that can vaporize rock material and study the resulting plasma. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is sending a new laser-toting robot to Mars. But unlike the lasers of science fiction, this one is used for studying mineralogy and chemistry from up …

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