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RAD on MSL RAD Quick Facts
  • Nov 26, 2011
  • MSL Launched
  • Dec 6, 2011
  • RAD Turned On
  • Aug 6, 2012
  • MSL Arrives at Mars
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The figure below shows the location of the ten science instruments on the rover. There are four categories of instruments: the remote sensing instruments Mastcam (Mast Camera) and ChemCam (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Chemistry and Microimaging) located on the remote sensing mast; the contact science instruments APXS (Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer) and MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) located on the end of the robotic arm; the analytical laboratory instruments CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy) and SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) located inside the rover body; and the environmental instruments RAD (Radiation Assessment Detector), DAN (Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons), REMS (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station), and MARDI (Mars Descent Imager).

Rover Instruments
Rover Instruments Cameras Spectrometers Radiation Detectors Environmental Sensors Atmospheric Sensors
Southwest Research Institute
Updated: 6 Jul 2012