- MAIN JOB:To identify the chemical composition of rocks and soils, including their atomic and molecular makeup
- LOCATION:Mounted on the "head" of the rover’s long-necked mast
- MASS:Mast-mounted sensor head:12 pounds
Rover body-mounted electronics:10.6 poundsCalibration target:0.5 pound
- POWER:17.9 watts
- VOLUME:Mast-mounted sensor head:approximately 15 by 9 by 8 inches
(38 by 24 by 19 centimeters)
- CALIBRATION TARGET:1.18 inches diameter
- DATA RETURN:15.5 megabits per experiment or about 4.2 megabits per day
Did You Know?
SuperCam is able to identify the kinds of chemicals that could be evidence of past life on Mars.
SuperCam: The Story Behind the Name
"SuperCam" is a superhero for making discoveries on Mars! Its cameras have super vision, and its spectrometers have super senses for identifying the chemical makeup of Martian rocks and "soil" (regolith). SuperCam can see across great distances to measure targets not reachable by the rover's other tools. It's an improved version of the ChemCam laser on Mars rover Curiosity: Supercam can additionally analyze minerals and molecules, and take color instead of only black-and-white pictures.