A Mossbauer spectrometer
, specially designed to examine the magnetic properties of Mars, is calibrated to study iron-bearing minerals.
. This is designed to investigate the mineral composition of rocks by irradiating exposed surfaces and soil with gamma rays.
In order to survey conditions, the rovers are equipped with panoramic TV cameras, a magnet array, an alpha particle x-ray spectrometer, a Mossbauer spectrometer
, a microscopic imager, and a small thermal emission spectrometer.
Basic information is clearly presented, and you can also read detailed descriptions of what the Mossbauer Spectrometer
is and how the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer works.
Furthermore, the rover's Mossbauer spectrometer
found evidence of the iron-bearing mineral known as jarosite.
The biggest surprises, says Squyres, came from another instrument, the Mossbauer spectrometer
, which detects iron-rich minerals.
Finally, a Mossbauer spectrometer
will determine the composition, abundance, and magnetic properties of iron-bearing rocks and minerals at each site.