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Curiosity SAM Sample Manipulation System carousel

Curiosity SAM Sample Manipulation System carousel

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Curiosity SAM Sample Manipulation System carousel
The sample manipulation system (SMS) on Curiosity SAM is a carousel of two concentric rings of 74 cups made of either quartz or metal. Here it is upside-down. You can watch a video of this machine in operation here.

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Original image data dated on or about June 14, 2011

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