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NASA | The Molecule Dissector - Mass Spectrometry

What do you do if you have a sample from another planet, and you want to find out if it contains a certain molecule...maybe even one that will reveal that the planet can sustain life? When scientists face a situation like this, they employ an amazing tool: the mass spectrometer. It does the hard work of separating out materials, allowing scientists to look very closely at a sample and see what's inside. Learn more about this tool in the video from NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division. To download this video, visit: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10620 To visit NASA Goddard's Solar Systems Exploration Division home page, visit: http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/sed/index.cfm?fuseAction=home.main&&navOrgCode=690 Like our videos? Subscribe to NASA's Goddard Shorts HD podcast: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/iTunes/f0004_index.html Or find NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nasa.gsfc Or find us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NASAGoddard
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