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Home The Mast Unit for Mars 2020’s SuperCam, shown being tested here, will use a laser to vaporize and study rock material on the Red Planet’s surface. (LANL) The Mast Unit for Mars 2020's SuperCam, shown being tested here, will use a laser to vaporize and study rock material on the Red Planet's surface. (LANL)

The Mast Unit for Mars 2020’s SuperCam, shown being tested here, will use a laser to vaporize and study rock material on the Red Planet’s surface. (LANL)

The Mast Unit for Mars 2020's SuperCam, shown being tested here, will use a laser to vaporize and study rock material on the Red Planet's surface. (LANL)

The Mast Unit for Mars 2020’s SuperCam, shown being tested here, will use a laser to vaporize and study rock material on the Red Planet’s surface. (LANL)

Mars 2020’s mast, or “head,” includes a laser instrument called SuperCam that can vaporize rock material and study the resulting plasma. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)