About the 'Chemical Laptop'

The Chemical Laptop was created by a team of scientists, including, Jessica Creamer, Fernanda Mora, and Peter Willis, at NASA’s JPL, located in Pasadena, California. “[The Chemical Laptop is a] Mini laboratory that analyzes samples for materials that could contain life” wrote Elizabeth Landau. As I said earlier, the Chemical Laptop is going to get launched to either Mars, Enceladus, or Europa. The Chemical Laptop is the most likely to find life of all of the devices and rovers that NASA has created. The Chemical Laptop is the most likely to find life, because it’s the first device that NASA has made that looks for both Amino and Fatty acids in one test. I will explain more about Amino and Fatty acids in the next section. The Chemical Laptop is roughly the size of a regular laptop, but much thicker to make room for the chemical analysis components inside.

JPL researchers Jessica Creamer, Fernanda Mora and Peter Willis (left to right) pose with the Chemical
Laptop, a device designed to detect amino acids and fatty acids. At left is a near-identical copy of
the Curiosity rover, which has been on Mars since 2012.