We’re a team of scientists and engineers and we shoot a laser on Mars. Ask us anything!
UPDATE: 1:10 p.m. EDT. That's all for today, thank you for your wonderful questions! Nasa is calling us and we have to spend the night on Mars. We'll check back to answers some more questions so feel free to vote :-)
A short bio: Since August 2012, we have been operating the ChemCam instrument on the NASA Curiosity rover. We use this instrument to analyze lots of rocks and soils around the rover with a powerful laser. Ask us anything!
With you today :
- Sylvestre Maurice - ChemCam principal investigator deputy (Toulouse, France)
- Olivier Gasnault - Science operations lead for ChemCam (Toulouse, France)
- Éric Lorigny - MSL French Contributions Project Manager (Toulouse, France)
- Valérie Mousset - Computer systems engineer (Toulouse, France)
- Valérie Payré - PhD student working on the interpretation of ChemCam data, especially for minor elements (Nancy, France)
- Susanne Schröder - ChemCam science team member working on data analysis and laboratory experiments (Berlin, Germany)
- Charles Yana - ChemCam data exploitation engineer (Toulouse, France)
Oh. And we can answer in French and English :)
The Proof: https://twitter.com/CNES/status/793098784817422336