The SAM French team creates an exhibition around MSL and SAM
SAM is an international instrument suite developed between the United States and France. The gas chromatograph, also known as the SAM-GC or GCMS (gas chromatograph mass spectrometer), was developed by the "Frenchies" of the SAM team belonging to a consortium of three laboratories (LATMOS, LGPM and LISA) located near Paris. Outreach activities are an important part of science and all SAM-GC team members are involved in bringing information about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and SAM to the French people. One big step in this activity was done last year with the set-up and inauguration of an exhibition at LATMOS presenting the scientific context of the MSL mission, the Curiosity rover with all her instruments, with a particular highlight on SAM and the results coming from the GCMS–for example, the first detection ever of Martian organics.
This exhibition presents a number of different materials: a full size SAM model (see picture below), posters, an MSL rover model, and an artifact of the instrument development: an engineering model that was produced to test the SAM-GC concept and structure. This exhibition leads visitors through the development process of the SAM instrument suite, the rover landing at Mars, and the route she is traveling in Gale crater (over 12 km to date and more to come in the future!). Important results are also presented. Note that this exhibition was conceived to be movable in the Paris area (and beyond) in order to give the possibility to touch the wider public as much as possible.
You can visit this exhibition during dedicated outreach events, such as the "Fête de la science": a science fair occurring every year in October. It was successfully launched last autumn during the last fair, gathering more than 300 people who were fascinated by this amazing mission and instrument. Scientists will guide you through the mission adventure and you will have the opportunity to directly ask them your questions. Visit our websites and twitter accounts for more information on our laboratories and how you can visit this exhibition.
laboratories website :
LATMOS : http://www.latmos.ipsl.fr/index.php/en/
LISA : http://www.lisa.univ-paris12.fr/en
LGPM : http://www.lgpm.ecp.fr/