- MAIN JOB:Fine-scale detection of minerals, organic molecules and potential biosignatures
- LOCATION:Mounted on the turret at the end of the robotic arm
(1.61 kilograms) body
- VOLUME:10.2 by 7.8 by 2.6 inches
(26.0 by 20.0 by 6.7 centimeters)
- DATA RETURN:79.7 Mbits (raw)
- SPATIAL RESOLUTION:Context imager:
- FIELD OF VIEW:Imaging:
0.9 to 0.5 inches
(2.3 by 1.5 centimeters)
Spectroscopy:7 by 7 millimeters
Did You Know?
This meteorite never left Mars. Mars rover Opportunity found it!
SHERLOC may carry tiny pieces of a Martian meteorite that once was blasted off of Mars by an impact, traveled for billions of years through space, and landed on Earth. As far as anyone knows, it would be the first Martian meteorite to make the round trip from Earth, all the way back to the Red Planet!
SHERLOC: The Story Behind the Name
Sherlock Holmes was a fictional detective who solved crimes. He used forensic methods. These include scientific observation and powers of logical reasoning. SHERLOC observes and measures too. It will look for possible evidence of past life on Mars – if any microbes ever existed.
Dr. John H. Watson was Holmes’ partner in solving mysteries. WATSON the camera assists SHERLOC as it helps solve mysteries about life on Mars.
With its camera sidekick WATSON, SHERLOC even has a modern version of the hand-lens magnifying glass used by the classic British detective!