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Extracting scientific results from robotic arm support operations: A technique for estimating the density and composition of rocks on Mars

1Bradley J. Thomson, 2Peter H. Schultz and 1Nathan T. Bridges

1Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
2Department of Geosciences, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 USA

Mars 4, 27-32, 2008 | doi:10.1555/mars.2008.0003
Received March 31, 2008 | Accepted June 5, 2008 | Published July 3, 2008

This contribution presents the unique technique of using rock pushing activities to estimate the densities of rocks remotely.

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