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September 20th, 2007

Nanotechnology tool sent to Mars

Abstract:
The company Nanoscience Instruments in its Scanline newsletter (PDF, Vol. 2, Issue. 2) lets us know that one of their nanotechnology products, the Nanosurf atomic force microscope, is on its way to Mars. Excerpts:

"Onboard the Phoenix lander is a suite of sophisticated scientific instrumentation including a weather station, an optical microscope, and a high-resolution Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The advanced AFM is the first ever utilized in space and will analyze Martian soil samples in greater detail than ever before. By resolving nanometer scale features in 3D, the AFM will help determine whether or not liquid water ever existed on Mars, or if fluidic transport ever occurred."

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