PIA18406: X-Ray Instrument for Mars 2020 Rover is PIXL
 Mission:  Mars 2020 Rover
 Instrument:  Planetary Instrument for X-RAY Lithochemistry (PIXL) 
 Product Size:  720 x 405 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
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This diagram depicts the sensor head of the Planetary Instrument for X-RAY Lithochemistry, or PIXL, which has been selected as one of seven investigations for the payload of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission. PIXL is an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer that will also contain an imager with high resolution to determine the fine-scale elemental composition of Martian surface materials.

Mars 2020 is a mission concept that NASA announced in late 2012 to re-use the basic engineering of Mars Science Laboratory to send a different rover to Mars, with new objectives and instruments, launching in 2020.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages NASA's Mars Exploration Program for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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