Suzanne Nowicki explores the moon, Mars, Mercury and Saturn with specialized spectrometers

Space detective talks powerful tools of her trade on Feb. 8, 2021 at 5:30pm.


How did the Mars Odyssey orbiter identify the elements present on Mars? How do scientists understand not only what planet’s environment is like now, but also what it was in the ancient past?

The answer: By detecting gamma rays

Suzanne Nowicki, a manager in the Space Science and Applications group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, leads the virtual conversation “Exploring Our Solar System through Gamma Ray and Neutron Detection,” the latest in the Science on Tap conversation series.

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