A look at Mars rover Curiosity’s hi-tech toolbox

Originally posted on National Post | News:

PASADENA, Calif. — If you were packing for Mars, what would you bring?

NASA’s latest tourist, the roving robot named Curiosity, will lug around a suite of gadgets to snap pictures, sniff, taste and even drill. It will study the environment to figure out whether the giant crater where it lands ever possessed a habitable environment for microbial life.

The six-wheel, nuclear-powered rover is far more tech-savvy than anything that has landed before on the red planet. Here’s a glimpse of some of the cool things Curiosity can do:

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It carries a laser that can zap a hole in rocks up to about 25 feet (7.6 metres) away and identify the chemical elements inside. This point-and-shoot strategy saves time because if a rock looks boring, Curiosity can roll on.

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