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Mars and my work life rarely intersect (I find oil for a living), but my research group is going to get one of these lovely pieces of jewelry:

InXitu Terra

It is the XRD/XRF instrument designed for the MSL rover a box! Talk about spin-offs...the bloody thing is just out the clean room! We will use it for field and onsite mineralogical analyses of outcrops, cores, and drill hole cuttings.

My colleagues are just going to have to tolerate my robotic arm movements, vocal whirring and clicking sounds, and 20 minute time delay behavior when I'm using it.
Hey, Happy Christmas! laugh.gif
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