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Table 1 Mars spacecraft thermal analysis instruments

From: The effects of instrument parameters and sample properties on thermal decomposition: interpreting thermal analysis data from Mars

(Viking) (Phoenix) (Mars science laboratory)
Landing date July 20, 1976 (Viking 1) May 25, 2008 August 6, 2012
September 3, 1976 (Viking 2)
Thermal analysis capabilities EGA EGA, DSC EGA
Flow rate (sccm) 1.5-2.5 1.7 1.5
Instrument pressure (mbar) not reported 12 30
Carrier gas H2 or CO2 N2 He
Ramp rate (°C /minute) Flash heating 20 35