Above: A design created to interface between the sample drop-off and the instrumentation suite on an Icy Worlds Lander.
Top Image: Team members from left to right: Dylan Ramaswamy, Branden Adams, Brooke Shade, Erid Pineda, Elise Niedringhaus, Valerie Sonnenberg, Alex Whitfield.
Icy worlds, like moons of Jupiter, could harbor signs of life. A potential Icy Worlds Lander would collect and analyze surface samples. The team developed a proof-of-concept mechanism for sample measurement and handling to interface between the sample drop-off and the instrumentation suite on the lander. The team accomplished this through ideation, design and over 250 hours of machining.
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