NASA publishes first results from the Mars Rover PIXL instrument, which uses XIA technology to help search for signs of ancient life on Mars.
XIA is proud of its collaboration with NASA/JPL on the Mars Rover Perseverance PIXL experiment, one of several instruments mounted on the end of the Rover’s robotic arm. PIXL uses micro-focused x-ray fluorescence to provide geochemical data in the search for signs of ancient life on Mars. On July 20, 2021, NASA published PIXL’s first 2D chemical maps, accomplished with digital signal processing and fast mapping technology from XIA. The image below shows a set of 2D maps for various chemicals in a single Martian rock.
The Mars 2020 Mission with Rover Perseverance successfully landed at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021
XIA collaborated with NASA/JPL and contributed to the PIXL instrument on the Mars Rover, which will help search for signs of ancient life on Mars.
NASA’s mission to Mars in 2020 will look for signs of habitable conditions and microbial life in the ancient past. The rover’s Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry (PIXL) is a microfocus x-ray fluorescence instrument that will perform 2D fast mapping of rock samples with sub-mm spatial resolution, revealing the geochemical fine structure of the Martian surface. XIA’s technology and expertise is being utilized in the digital signal processing and fast mapping of the x-ray detector signal. PIXL will operate with higher spatial resolution and at higher speed than any previous planetary probe, and along with other instruments it will help answer the question “Was there ever life on Mars?”
XIA is proud to announce that effective February 1st, 2021, SilvaCo Optics will be XIA’s exclusive representative in the State of California for sales of XIA’s Pixie product range, the Mercury, microDXP and microDGF. SilvaCo will operate non-exclusively for XIA elsewhere in the United States.
Founded in 1985, SilvaCo’s current sales lines include PMTs and scintillators for customers who potentially seek the type of spectroscopy electronics that XIA can provide. CEO and Founder Peter Silva is excited to expand the SilvaCo product range into the x-ray and gamma-ray markets, and looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with XIA.
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