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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Curiosity SAM Sample Manipulation System carousel

Filed under explaining technology, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

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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.

NASA / JPL / Honeybee Robotics

Original image data dated on or about June 14, 2011

 

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