Spectroscopy Instrument To Aid In The Search For Extraterrestrial Life

A compact spectroscopy instrument has been developed for use in planetary exploration. The system, called the standoff ultra-compact micro Raman (SUCR) instrument, is capable of inspection and identification of minerals, organics and biogenic materials within several centimeters (2 to 20 cm) at a 10-µm resolution. This active remote sensor system is based on a 532-nm laser and a miniature spectrometer.

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