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Old 08-19-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default NASA's Curiosity rover zaps rock with laser

Curiosity shoots Martian rock with laser - Technology & science - Space - NBCNews.com

I wonder what its specs are?
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Default Re: NASA's Curiosity rover zaps rock with laser

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"Each pulse delivered more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second," the report continues. "The energy from the laser excited atoms in the rock into an ionized, glowing plasma."
wow that sounds like some sophisticated stuff they got there.
I wish I had studied physics now instead of computer science
It must be mental building stuff like that
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