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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Allan Treiman, Dr. David Livingston: Topics: MSL Curiosity CheMin X-ray diffraction findings. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce. This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com. During our 11 minute discussion, Dr. Treiman, John Batchelor, and I talked about the CheMin X-Ray diffraction results for Martian soil in Gale Crater and what it means in terms of our having a better and more complete understanding of Mars. Not only did our guest describe how the instrument was compacted for MSL, he explained how it works and why it is so important for Mars exploration. Dr. Treiman discussed the mineral composition regarding the samples and similarities between the Earth and Mars. If you have questions or comments about this segment, please post them on The Space Show blog above. You can contact Mr. Batchelor or Dr. Treiman through me at firstname.lastname@example.org.