Analyzing Mars Oil - Sponsored Whitepaper

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Using mUltivariate analysis in the search for life on mars The Unscrambler® X was used to develop models to analyze Martian soil data from NASA’s most sophisticated Mars rover.

On the 26th November 2011, NASA launched its largest and most sophisticated Mars over ever. Officially named the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the ‘Curiosity’ rover will explore the mineral-rich Gale Crater region of Mars in an attempt to find traces of water that may have supported life on the red planet.

To analyze the data collected by Curiosity, advanced multivariate data analysis models will be used, developed using The Unscrambler® X software.

Weighing one tonne and measuring 3 metres long, 2.7 metres wide and 2.1 metres tall at its mast, the nuclear powered Curiosity is much larger than the two previous Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which landed in 2004. Using a drill combined with a powerful laser and other equipment, the Curiosity will try to understand the chemical composition of the rocks and soil and search for signs of water.

One of the keys to analyzing the chemical composition of the rocks and soil is the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), a powerful analytical technique used in extraterrestrial applications for the first time on Curiosity.
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