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Published on Jun 21, 2012
What happens once our SASSI drill obtains a rock core on Mars? (See how this can be done here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT8q9g...). The core has to be crushed, sieved, and fine powder metered out into cups for analysis by GCMS or other instruments. Our Mechanized Sample Handler (MeSH) is an all-in-one robotic system that does just that! The project was funded by the NASA MIDD program with Jason Herman of Honeybee Robotics as PI.
Steps shown in the video:
1) Core sample placed in a sample cup 2) Crush sample 3) View crushed sample 4) Gas-jet sieving to less than 150 um 5) Dispensing and metering out of all samples 6) Discharge of powder and cleaning of the 150 um sieve