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Surmounting Return Sample Science Barriers with NRL’s NAUTILUS: The Next Generation of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

Whitepaper #041 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: laboratory studies; Mars; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Surmounting Return Sample Science Barriers with NRL’s NAUTILUS: The Next Generation of Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry

With sample return being a key component of current and future missions such as NASA’s Mars 2020, there is an urgent need for highly informative and minimally destructive analytical techniques. Here we describe the NAUTILUS, a new, globally unique instrument with unprecedented analytical capabilities well suited for Mars Sample Return analyses.


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