Home > slashdot > NASA Invents New Technique For Finding Alien Life

NASA Invents New Technique For Finding Alien Life

February 10th, 2011 02:10 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Mars

RedEaredSlider writes “From the IB Times article: ‘Researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have come up with an idea to improve on an old standby of space exploration instruments and improve the odds of finding life, if any, on Mars. By adding a laser and an ion funnel to a mass spectrometer, it is possible to analyze the elements from the Martian surface directly, without the complex handling samples usually needed… The new version uses a two-step technique. First it shoots a laser at the sample’s surface. This creates a plume of molecules and ions. To get the ions into the mass spectrometer, the new system uses an ion funnel. The ion funnel uses conductive, progressively smaller electrodes in the shape of a ring that attract the ions, effectively vacuuming them into the mass spectrometer.’”

Source: NASA Invents New Technique For Finding Alien Life

Related Articles:

  1. Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body
  2. Water Not a Good Enough Guide To Find Alien Life
  3. NASA TESS Observatory Will Hunt For Alien Life On “Super-Earth” Exoplanets
  4. Signs of Water Found On Saturnian Moon Enceladus
  5. New Technique For Mass-Producing Microbots Inspired By Origami
blog comments powered by Disqus
YOYOYOOYOYOYO