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CheMinX: A Next Generation XRD/XRF for Quantitative Mineralogy and Geochemistry on Mars

Whitepaper #094 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: habitability and water; Mars; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
CheMinX: A Next Generation XRD/XRF for Quantitative Mineralogy and Geochemistry on Mars

The CheMinX instrument is a combination XRD/XRF that builds on lessons learned from MSL-CheMin and is suitable for deployment on MER-class rovers. Quantitative mineralogy and geochemistry derived from CheMinX of future landing sites will enable full characterization of geologic history, past and present environments, and habitability.


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