NASA heritage

NASA Heritage

Our staff, through their SETI Institute affiliation, are engaged in a number of research programs associated to NASA.

CheMin:XRD/XRF on Mars

The technology used in our XRD/XRF instruments, including Duetto, derives directly from the NASA CheMin XRD/XRF instrument deployed on Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), also know as the Curiosity rover. Read more.

MapX: 2D XRF for Planetary Exploration

Map-X is a planetary instrument concept for 2D X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy. It produces elemental maps with about 100μm spatial resolution and simultaneously provides quantitative elemental chemistry of regions of interest. The instrument is placed directly on the surface of an object and held in a fixed position during the measurement. Read more.

CheminX: a next generation XRD/XRF for Mars exploration

CheMinX is an in-situ X-Ray Diffraction and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRD/XRF) instrument based on similar principles as the CheMin instrument, yet benefiting from a decade of advancements in geometry design and subsystem miniaturization. This instrument will provide quantitative mineralogy and elemental chemistry from drilled rocks and scooped soils on Mars, the Moon, Venus, or other rocky planetary bodies.  CheMinX will be suitable for a range of planetary surface exploration including Discovery class missions and MER class rovers.  Read more

XTRA: eXtraTerrestrial Regolith Analyzer

The eXtraTerrestrial Regolith Analyzer (XTRA) will provide quantitative mineralogy and elemental composition of as-received lunar soil. XTRA is suitable for a small lunar lander or rover, but variants of XTRA could be used by astronauts in a lunar habitat as well. Read more