Scientists demonstrate speed, precision of in situ planetary dating device


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The Southwest Research Institute scientists have increased the speed and accuracy of a laboratory-scale instrument for determining the age of planetary specimens onsite. The team is progressively miniaturising the Chemistry, Organics and Dating Experiment (CODEX) instrument to reach a size suitable for spaceflight and lander missions. CODEX will be a little larger than a microwave and include seven lasers and a mass spectrometer.