SAM: Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite
Principal investigator: Paul Mahaffy,
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
SAM is a suite of instruments that
will be onboard the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory. It is an international
collaboration with components from NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Paris,
and Honeybee Robotics.
The general idea is that MSL's robotic
arm will pick up and deliver rock and soil samples to a highly
sophisticated science laboratory, which will be located inside
the front part of the rover.