Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars

Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars
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If water once flowed on Mars, did it leave any clues? In 2005, aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument joins NASA's set of high-tech detectives seeking traces of past water on the Martian surface. CRISM's mission: Find the spectral fingerprints of aqueous and hydrothermal deposits and map the geology, composition and stratigraphy of surface features. The instrument will also watch the seasonal variations in Martian dust and ice aerosols, and water content in surface materials - leading to new understanding of the climate. Led by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the CRISM team includes expertise from universities, government agencies and small business in the United States and abroad.
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