Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover

  title={Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover},
  author={Laurie A. Leshin and Paul R. Mahaffy and Christopher R. Webster and Michel Cabane and Patrice Coll and Pamela G. Conrad and Paul Douglas Archer and Sushil K. Atreya and Anna E Brunner and A. Buch and Jennifer L. Eigenbrode and Gregory J. Flesch and Heather B. Franz and Caroline Freissinet and Daniel P. Glavin and Amy C. McAdam and Kristen E. Miller and Doug W. Ming and Richard V. Morris and R. Navarro‐Gonzalez and Paul B. Niles and Tobias C. Owen and Robert O. Pepin and Steven W. Squyres and Andrew Steele and Jennifer C. Stern and Roger Everett Summons and Dawn Y. Sumner and Brad Sutter and Cyril Szopa and Samuel Teinturier and Melissa G. Trainer and James J. Wray and John P. Grotzinger},
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