David Blake, Senior Research Scientist, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-21602
Published February 01, 2015 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

David Blake developed the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) X-ray diffraction instrument that is currently deployed on the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity. The powder-handling device inside CheMin won Blake the 2010 NASA Commercial Government Invention of the Year award. This technology allowed scientists to determine the quantitative mineralogy of the 3.5 billion-year-old rocks on the Red Planet for the first time.