NASA is tapping the expertise of three University of Hawaii scientists for the next mission to Mars.
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The researchers will help design the new rover for the next trip in 2020.
The high tech instruments will use 3D imaging technology and lasers to study the chemical composition of the planet's surface. It's a kind of remote fingerprint technology that originated at UH.
Two of the researchers will be working with California's Los Alamos laboratory on the project and keep them busy for the next decade.
"For the last 15 years it's what I have been dreaming about, so it's nice to see," said Shiv Sharma, a UH researcher.
"More focus is on detecting any bio signature or biological residue which can prove that there was life in the past," said Anupam Misra, a UH Associate Researcher.
A third scientist, a volcanologist, will help with a Mastcam that will be able to provide high resolution panoramic views and the ability to get close ups of the terrain.
"I am there to interpret the rocks the rover encounters as it traverses the surface of Mars. My particular interest is on the interaction of volcanism with water and ice in the martian subsurface," said Sara Fagents, a volcanologist.
NASA hopes to be able to collect rocks from the planet's surface for the first time.
The UH scientists were part of seven teams selected out of more than 60 that competed to be a part of the Mars mission.