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The rover has a full toolbox, equipped with all the tools it needs to search for signs of ancient water and climate. Pancam (a camera) and Mini-TES (an infrared spectrometer) will survey the scene around the rover and look for the most interesting rocks and soils.

Three more instruments -- a Microscopic Imager and two spectrometers, the Mössbauer and the APXS -- can be placed against these rock and soil targets to learn about them in greater detail. The Rock Abrasion Tool (a.k.a the RAT) can then be used to scrape away the outer layers of a rock to see what lies beneath.

Instruments on the Rover

Instruments on the Rover