SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars)

SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars)
SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars)
The SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars) instrument on the Curiosity Mars Rover has completed its initial testing and checkout. 
The instrument has already sampled the Martian air, measuring the bulk composition and searching for methane.
In the first few days of November it is expected the the instrument will obtain its first soil sample.
This sample will be heated and the gases released will be analyzed.


http://msl-scicorner.jpl.nasa.gov/Instruments/SAM/