PIA16171: Detector for CheMin
Mission: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft: Curiosity
Instrument: CheMin
Product Size: 617 x 500 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This charged couple device (CCD) is part of the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument on NASA's Curiosity rover. When CheMin directs X-rays at a sample of soil, this imager, which is the size of a postage stamp, detects both the position and energy of each X-ray photon. The technology in this CCD was originally developed by NASA and has become widely used in commercial digital cameras.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, and built Curiosity and CheMin.

For more information about Curiosity and its mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl .

Image Credit:
NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2012-10-30