That’s right; the scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA have been using our LTS350 system to better understand the thermal evolution and behaviour of icy bodies in our solar system.
Our microscope stages are used in some pretty amazing applications in biology, materials, geology and so on, but it’s not often that you hear about an application that includes the words, ‘Space Mission’.
Some days I’m just blown away by how lucky we are to hear first hand from the scientists about this - almost science fiction like - work....
This is pulled straight from the application note, which you can read in full on our Application Notes page.
‘...The physical processes are studied on a microscopic scale, but the results give insight into large processes such as cryovolcanism, tidal dissipation and the thermal evolution of various planets and satellites, including icy regions on earth, outer planet satellites, Mars, meteorite parent bodies, and the outer solar system. This research is critical to the interpretation of data from space missions like previous Galileo (Jupiter), current Cassini‐Huygens (Saturn), Dawn (Vesta + Ceres), or New Horizons (Pluto‐Charon and Trans‐Neptunian Objects), as well as to the definition of scientific instruments for future missions to icy bodies.’
Thank you to all the folks at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for letting us in on this exciting work.