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Development of the MASSE instrument: immunoassay detection of organic compounds in soil and Mars regolith simulant
Author(s): David M. Warmflash; David S. McKay; George E. Fox; Andrew Steele; Jake Maule; Carl C. Allen; Mary Schweitzer; Seth Pincus; Juan Perez Mercader; Victor Parro Garcia; Carlos Briones Llorente; Kathie L. Thomas-Keprta
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Paper Abstract

The Microarray Assay for Solar System Exploration (MASSE) is based on the use of immunological reactions to detect chemical compounds in samples of extraterrestrial material. In order for this technology to be useful for in situ studies on any given planet, molecules present within the material examined must be extracted and recognizable to the antibodies used in the assays. Experiments are currently being conducted on the immunological detection of agents in environmental samples, including soils and JSC Mars - 1 Martian regolith simulant and progress to date is discussed in the context of the development of the MASSE instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4878, First Jet Propulsion Laboratory In Situ Instruments Workshop, (25 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.520552
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David M. Warmflash, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
David S. McKay, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
George E. Fox, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Andrew Steele, Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
Jake Maule, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Carnegie Institute of Washington Geophysical Lab. (United States)
Carl C. Allen, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Mary Schweitzer, Montana State Univ. (United States)
Seth Pincus, Montana State Univ. (United States)
Juan Perez Mercader, Ctr. de Astrobiologia (Spain)
Victor Parro Garcia, Ctr. de Astrobiologia (Spain)
Carlos Briones Llorente, Ctr. de Astrobiologia (Spain)
Kathie L. Thomas-Keprta, Lockheed Martin Space Operations (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4878:
First Jet Propulsion Laboratory In Situ Instruments Workshop
Gregory H. Bearman; Patricia M. Beauchamp, Editor(s)

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